Elizabeth Warren Unveils Impressive Plan To Fight Mass Incarceration

ALTOONA, IA - AUGUST 21: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)  speaks at the Iowa Federation Labor Convention on August 21, 2019 in Altoona, Iowa. Candidates had 10 minutes each to address union members during the convention. The 2020 Democratic presidential Iowa caucuses will take place on Monday, February 3, 2020.(Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Warren Unveils Impressive Plan To Fight Mass Incarceration

The Senator details how she’ll reform what’s criminalized and other issues plaguing the Black community.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has just revealed her detailed plan to help reduce mass incarceration by reimagining how we talk and think about public safety in America.

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Democrat unveiled policies to combat the myth that public safety and mass incarceration lead to safer communities. The system of mass incarceration has proven to disproportionately jail more Black and brown Americans. Black people are still 3.6x more likely to be incarcerated nationally compared to white people.

The Oklahoma City native even tweeted statistics about those increasing mass incarceration rates.

To change the current climate, the former law school professor wants to launch accessible mental health services, resources to protect LGBTQ community from violence and implement youth intervention programs with safe, affordable housing.

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She also tweeted how she wants to change what’s considered criminal, including legalizing recreational marijuana.

Warren’s plan didn’t stop there, as she blasted the current justice system for issuing criminal penalties due to poverty.

The mother of two also called for the repeal of the 1994 crime bill, which was considered one of her rival 2020 Democrat Joe Biden’s most successful achievements as a Delaware senator. The bill has since became associated with the rise in mass incarceration. 

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In her plan, Warren mentioned that the crime bill’s mandatory minimums for incarcerated people should be drastically reduced or eliminated due to its ineffectiveness. 

Research conducted by David Roodman of the Open Philanthropy Project’s David Roodman in 2017 revealed that releasing prisoners earlier does not lead to more crime and that holding people in prison longer may actually increase crime.

Once those incarcerated are released back into society, Warren called for initiatives to help support their transition. Those proposals include creating a federal expungement option, allowing offender’s criminal records to be essentially thrown out.

The presidential candidate has been an open supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and reforming how communities of color are policed. She also proposes banning private prisons, who solely profit off the amount of incarcerated, eliminating the death penalty and cutting out solitary confinement.

According to CNN’s most recent poll findings, Warren’s current poll numbers stand at 14%, just after fellow Democrat hopeful Bernie Sanders at 15% and Joe Biden at 29%.

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