I agree 100%, with some provisos. Murder and rape are still murder and rape--they should be punished with the most severe sentences. Violent crime is still violent crime. I haven't put a ton of thought into the specific choices yet, but there are many, many other crimes that go along with that no matter how low of a station Willie has in life.
I think the solution is to simply give much harsher sentences to politicians for non-violent crime. And make them serve it in a REGULAR prison, not some damn country club. Just 1 correctly placed and networked politician has the ability to harm the entire country--all 300 million of us--when he commits a crime in order to stay in power, office, or to put a specific kickback on the front burner for personal gains. The law of unintended consequences increases its aftereffects exponentially based on a person's sphere of influence. When that sphere has the potential to harm every single living person in the country through bad decision making, punishment aught to be hard and swift.
Note here I'm not talking about mistakes in governing. Mistakes will always happen and depend on one's ideological viewpoint. I'm talking specifically about crimes committed in order to stay in power or increase power base. "fruit of a poisoned tree" sort of thing.