Because our loser of a United States senator, James Webb, recently proposed that a special federal commission be assembled to study the criminal justice system and his fellow legislators chose to ignore him and keep to matters of importance.
But no. The Times sees far more nefarious motives. Partisanship:
Bipartisan study falls victim to partisan buffoonery"No other plausible explanations present themselves"? Heck, I can think of three.
Was it delusion or deliberate spite that caused the defeat last week of Sen. Jim Webb's study of the nation's criminal justice system?
No other plausible explanations present themselves for the rejection of a bipartisan commission the Virginia Democrat hoped would generate recommendations for reducing the cost to taxpayers for antiquated prisons that are inhumane and ineffective in improving public safety.
Webb's legislation fell three votes shy of the 60 needed for passage in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. [link]
1) Instituting major reforms that benefit convicted criminals (which is what this is all about - our awful prison system) is about as high on the list of America's priorities as is the federal government's correcting the word dumb so that it can be more easily spelled by dum people. Our prisons aren't fair to the murderers, rapists, thieves, and pedophiles warehoused therein? Yeah, let's find a place on our list of 18,422 problems that America is facing today for that really important crisis.
2) Webb isn't interested in merely reforming the federal prison system. He wants to reform every system down to juvenile justice, which, according to my Constitution, is none of his business if he's acting in the role of United States senator.
3) It is said that it was a commission that designed this:
Need I say more?
"Delusion"? "Spite"? How about the government determined that it had better things to do.
Can you say ECONOMIC DEPRESSION?