Political pandering ~ Throw in the Towel..?
Two days after riots in Baltimore—at a time when most of the presidential field is either silent or contemptuous—Clinton has stepped out front with a forward-looking agenda on bringing people out of prison, a definitive rebuke to the “law and order” politics used by her husband throughout his career. Not only did Clinton call for an end to “the era of mass incarceration,” but she also connected our prison population to broader patterns of inequality. “Without the mass incarceration that we currently practice, millions fewer people would be living in poverty,” she said. “And it’s not just families trying to stay afloat with one parent behind bars. Of the 600,000 prisoners who re-enter society each year, roughly 60 percent face long-term unemployment.”
The United States incarcerates more than 2 million people, imprisoning more people than any other country in the world. This unprecedented prison population can be attributed to federal and state policies implemented over the past few decades, including mandatory minimums, three strikes, and life without parole. Our culture of incarceration is reflected in a variety of contexts, from the War on Drugs to the School to Prison Pipeline, where criminalization has prevailed over other approaches to social problems. Mass incarceration has had a disproportionate impact on people and communities of color, with African Americans and Latinos constituting approximately 60% of the prison population.
What are the consequences of mass incarceration for our society? What policies and practices are driving these high levels of imprisonment? Are there constitutional tools at our disposal, like the pardon power and the Eighth Amendment, which can assist in ending the era of mass incarceration?
Well folks this is almost more than I am willing to chew. Let’s look at what is being said — precisely that is. From paragraph one this is threatening on political malfeasance. Let’s face it by the facts — at a time in North American history when many of those in the Colombian (Cocaine) cartels, Mexican (Weed, Reefer) cartels, then again the huge hitters from Afghanistan moving their product through Europe and especially Southeast Asia and China (Heroine, Opiates) let me put in a simple reminder that is was politicians in every state that assisted the federal government in passing legislation entitled, The War on Drugs.
A few of the “culture changing acts” that is, The Crime Bill, signed in 1994 by none other than William Clinton and put into practice goes totally against what it is that Hillary Clinton espouses what she wants to do.
Not wanting to sound in any way, anti-organization; moreover, especially within the police departments. There has well included arming the police departments with former or out of date military ordinance. Massive legislative pressure to outfit, organize, weaponize, which actually means according to our dictionary — “to convert material into weapons.” So just for a rub-a-dub it was not the police who requested anything — names such as Mr. Vincent Bugliosi (Helter Skelter author, tried and convicted Charles Manson.) Mr. Richard Daley of Chicago Ill., fame, the legislative processes in California, Florida, Texas, and Washington DC.
In good faith to those in leadership who have engaged in critical thinking the more kudos for them. One certainly cannot put Barack Obama into the “Critical Thinking Club” simply because Mr. Obama has never thoroughly thought-out what intended or unintended consequences might be.
Quickly now to the second and third paragraphs we have Kemba Smith Pravda from the American Constitution Society just espousing what is known…but for what? Statements such as ” This unprecedented prison population can be attributed to federal and state policies implemented over the past few decades, including mandatory minimums, three strikes, and life without parole,” indicate to me that there exists some kind of victimization card being played.
Mass incarceration has had a disproportionate impact on people and communities of color, with African Americans and Latinos constituting approximately 60% of the prison population.This is without question the most stupid comment to make it to press. Ms. Kemba Pravda, please in your future endeavors try and bring some poll data, or other widely accepted scholarly works with you. Why do you T-H-I-N-K that the prison population is disproportionately stated. (Now watch — something will be manufactured to support “White Supremacy.”