These college students want to shut down prisons across the country… in the name of “justice”.

 

Students at the Ivy League school Brown University apparently want to get rid of prison time as a means for punishment or incarceration. 

A group called “RailRoad” is behind the growing number of students pushing for an overhaul to the country’s current criminal justice system.

“The end goal is to not have prisons as any form of incarceration,” student Grace Austin, a member of the group called RailRoad, according to a report from WND.

The reason behind the call to abolish correctional facilities?

It doesn’t help offenders to grow as individuals.

“Punishment at any stage doesn’t guarantee any kind of growth,” she said.

 

Another student in the group says that prisons don’t provide justice, but rather just dole out punishment. And they say it’s minority groups who are suffering because of it.

“Prisons were founded in the ideas of punishing the poor, punishing people of color,” student Aida Sherif said. “I don’t see it as an institution that can ever fully break away from those foundations.”

And now they’re pushing for their ideas to become reality. 

The group’s Facebook page says that RailRoad’s goal “is a world where the Prison Industrial Complex in all of its forms has been destroyed and built in its place are systems of accountability that allow for healing and growth.”

But, let’s be real for a moment.

How does the family of a murdered victim feel after seeing the convicted killer goes free – and better yet, gets to go through “rehabilitation” treatment centers that’s paid for with taxpayer money?

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Rikers Island (Wikipedia)

 

How can police officers continue to go to work every day while dangerous criminals who were just arrested or even convicted of a crime roam about the community?

How many innocent lives would have to be lost before we realized that it wasn’t working?

The group went on to echo the words of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying that there would be alternative ways to help rehabilitate someone who has committed a crime.

“Our society is constructed in a way that would have us believe prisons are absolutely necessary,” Sherif said. “People perceive it as crazy, unreasonable, dangerous, too radical. Abolition is not anarchy.”

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Students within the group also made it known that they want the faculty at the school to begin hiring people who have served time in jail as part of a “fair chance” clause.

“If people aren’t totally on board with the issue of mass incarceration and prison abolition in general, then they may not necessarily be as convinced about fair chance hiring,” one student said. “Anything that is interrupting the cycle of incarceration is abolitionist to me as long as it’s not further entrenching the system of incarceration.”

Freshman rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently compared our system of so-called ‘mass incarceration’ to that of slavery, calling for an end to locking people up.

 

“A cage is a cage is a cage. And people don’t belong in them,” she posted. 

 

She went on to say that the United States “incarcerates more than anywhere in the world,” saying we had “more than enough room to close many of our prisons and explore just alternatives to incarceration.”

Ocasio-Cortez said that many prisons are currently being used for individuals who belong in “mental hospitals, homeless shelters, & detox centers,” and that federal funding for the facilities could be directed elsewhere for alternate methods of rehabilitation.

Ocasio-Cortez says that America has a prison problem. Her solution? Shut ’em down. (AOC Facebook)

 

She inferred that taking people out of the cage would greatly decrease criminal activity.

“If we invested meaningfully, what do you think would happen to crime?” she questioned.

 

Seems she had our next question pinned, but didn’t exactly have an answer for it.

“People tend to say ‘what do you do with all the violent people?’ as a defense for incarcerating millions,” she tweeted as she skirted around an actual answer to the question. “Our lawmaking process means we come to solutions together, and either way we should work to an end where our prison system is dramatically smaller than it is today.”

She went on to say that no matter the reason, America needed to find a new way to handle crime, because many people in the system “don’t belong there at all.”

To ‘prove’ her point, AOC cited a man her who been jailed for 10 days for oversleeping his jury duty as well as a woman who claimed to have been ‘tortured’ by being ‘force-fed pills’ and being placed in solitary confinement for months while in Rikers Island. 

 

As we’re sure many people are aware, there are changes that could be made to the criminal justice system in our country to help it improve. The same could be said about anything that we’ve created as a society. Policies that could be changed to help decrease recidivism, steps we could work on to help rehabilitate instead of furthering a lifestyle. 

But does that mean closing down prisons from coast to coast?

Not a chance. 

 


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