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'Vision for Justice': 117 Rights Groups Offer Roadmap to Transform the American Criminal-Legal System

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/05/vision-justice-117-rights-groups-offer-roadmap-transform-american-criminal-legal

For-profit prisons are as repugnant as for-profit health care.


Conservatives must be shitting their pants with all those ex-cons running around. And they can vote!


It’s why the FL. legislature illegally overturned a statewide referendum allowing convicted felons to vote, the state repug. party knew it would be the death of them if they allowed the referendum to stand.


Repugs want to “bring democracy” to places like Venezuela, yet they hate democracy. Kind of hypocritical don’t ya think?


Well the repugs label everything they do the opposite of what it really means, so sounds about right.

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This is a good sign for criminal justice reform. I hope it will bear fruit, but those who defend the status quo will fight to retain it.

When is someone going to mention “Institutionalized Discrimination”?

You know the unjust and discriminatory mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals by organizations such as governments, corporations, financial institutions, public institutions, and other societal entities.**
Our gov’t is collecting > “every citizens tax dollars”, & then awarding those tax dollars to companies, contractors, sub-contractors, and corporations who “purposely neglect” to hire minorities in proportion to the area(s), where the work is being performed (ie city projects, county projects, state projects, and most importantly, federal projects).**
That just might help close the income gap, because the Gov’t is the largest employer in the country.

First issue: from the article: Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference, noted that “the U.S. incarcerates more people than any other developed nation, with more than 6.6 million people under some form of institutionalized restraint—an undue proportion of whom are brown or black.”

The first issue to confront, pointed out by Walter Williams, a distinguished economist, and by Larry Elders, both of them ethnic black American, is that black Americans offend, violate the law, at greater than their proportion of the population, and, at least regarding traffic stops, blacks admit that they violate the law more often. So what is to be done about it?
– The principle to date is that the law applies equally to all regardless of ethnicity or skin color. Whether a black or a white robs or murders a black or a white person, it is the same degree of crime (leaving out any ‘hate crime’ component). Do we still hold to that principle, or is someone proposing to change it?

An example of a ‘stupid’ solution would be to repeal laws that criminalize killing or robbing people. Viola! The number of blacks convicted and imprisoned would immediately shrink.

the Clinton Camelot Regime made changes and look what that led to.
this idea that the mob of candidates should get their fingers in the criminal-legal system is laughable.
dreamie though, don’t you think?