2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has just unleashed his plan to majorly overhaul the criminal justice system in America.
And it’s pretty insane.
His new plans include creating a “registry of disreputable federal law enforcement officers,” banning “the prosecution of children under the age of 18 in adult courts,” as well as cutting the “incarcerated population in half” throughout the nation.
It seems a bit extreme right off the rip… so let’s dive deeper.
The new plan was unveiled just days after multiple federal immigration offices were shot up in targeted attacks.
— USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli (@USCISCuccinelli) August 13, 2019
The registry would be for federal employees and would apparently list federal officials that are ‘disreputable’. His plan claimed to offer federal financial support for similar lists to be created at state levels.
“Establish a federal no-call policy, including a registry of disreputable federal law enforcement officers, so testimony from untrustworthy sources does not lead to criminal convictions,” Sanders’ plan stated. “Provide financial support to pilot local and state level no-call lists.”
President Trump condemned those who continue to attack members of law enforcement, saying some of the rhetoric surrounding the groups is dangerous.
“They view everybody as fascists and Nazis … They accuse our heroic border agents of running concentration camps,” Trump said. “And they look down upon the hardworking citizens who truly make our country run.”
Fox noted that Sanders’ plan to ban prosecuting minors in adult courts apparently covered all offenses, including even rape and murder, and would prohibit youth from ever facing prison time for misdemeanors. He said that the United States uses “excessive sentencing” in the criminal justice system and says that it needs to change.
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Sanders went on to call solitary confinement a method of ‘torture’ and said it would be permanently banned as a form of punishment.
Sanders apparently wants convicted felons to be able to vote as well.
“All voting-age Americans must have the right and meaningful access to vote, whether they are incarcerated or not,” the plan read. “We will re-enfranchise the right to vote to the millions of Americans who have had their vote taken away by a felony conviction.”
Seems like stripping the justice system of its backbone and reinstating privileges to criminals is a great way to continue to secure votes in the future…
And what about the possession and use of dangerous illegal narcotics? The new plan addressed that as well.
“Legalize safe injection sites and needle exchanges around the country, and support pilot programs for supervised injection sites, which have shown to substantially reduce drug overdose deaths,” the plan stated.
The Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security recently said that people need stop the threats against federal officials, namely those working for ICE, who have recently come under intense criticism and death threats as multiple immigration facilities have been the target of attack.
“The environment where we’re demonizing our law enforcement for doing their jobs and enforcing the law on the books is concerning,” he said. “It can be dangerous and it can result in people taking action that are not supported by facts that are not in response to anything inappropriate that the men and women of ICE are doing and we’ve got to tone that down.”
Protesters recently gathered to voice their anger at those enforcing federal immigration law. Those “activist” groups included Never Again Action, Miramar Circle of Protection Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees, Food Not Bombs Fort Lauderdale, Students Working for Equal Rights, and the Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County. The protests turned into threats.
“We know where you sleep at night,” another protester shouted. “We know what kind of dog food you buy your dogs.”
These new ‘plans’ only further the tension between police and the public. How will releasing half of the country’s prisoners make our country better? How will letting dangerous minors get away with serious crimes help brighten their future and make them a positive member of society? How will using feelings instead of facts help repair law enforcement’s relationship with the communities?
Perhaps the presidential candidate should review some numbers before pushing this any further…