the west wing meme∞ eight speeches [4/8]

“These 36 people haven’t been culled enough out of thousands of applicants? Forget that they’ve all been in prison for at least five years. They submitted petitions to justice that took two years to inch from desk to desk. None of them are violent, although by now I would be. None of them have priors. A lot of them, their judges spoke out at their sentencing against the harshness of what they had to impose! You tell me, do we toss out Daisy Aimes, mother of three, two jobs, had a boyfriend who stored a kilo in her closet? She’s done eight years and is facing eleven more. That’s longer than rapists and child molesters get. There’s about 15 Daisys in here. Do we pick three? You haven’t read these files or looked at these photos, and I don’t blame you. I wish I never had. But, I don’t see a list anymore. These are people. If you want to cull them, jump in. I’m done.”

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