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OpinionSanders’s Criminal-Justice Plan: Wrong in So Many Ways

18:05  22 august  2019
18:05  22 august  2019 Source:   nationalreview.com

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Sanders is far from the first candidate to release a criminal justice reform plan ; Joe Biden put out a similarly comprehensive plan in July, Amy Klobuchar and More than two decades later, Sanders is putting those criticisms into a policy proposal, one that does begin to chip away at incarceration, even

Bernie Sanders ’ s Justice and Safety for All plan is a big deal. With no fewer than 127 bullet points, it’s the most comprehensive criminal justice plan released by any Democratic presidential candidate. As a random example, Sanders ’ s plan doesn’t just affirm the right to counsel for people without the

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Sanders’s Criminal-Justice Plan: Wrong in So Many Ways© Gage Skidmore Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding in Clear Lake, Iowa, August 9, 2019.

Earlier this week, Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a fairly comprehensive criminal-justice plan, boldly entitled “Justice and Safety for All.” Criminal-justice reform has been a major theme of the 2020 campaign, and support for large-scale decarceration has emerged as a must-pass ideological litmus test for those seeking the Democratic-party nomination.

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Bernie Sanders ’ s Justice and Safety for All plan is a big deal. With no fewer than 127 bullet points, it’s the most comprehensive criminal justice plan released by any Democratic presidential candidate. As a random example, Sanders ’ s plan doesn’t just affirm the right to counsel for people without the

Having spent many years working with people in prison who are seeking release, I respectfully disagree. This is not a case in which a little reform is But it prevents those convicted of the most serious crimes from reducing their sentences at all, and in doing so it perpetuates the false narrative

While the stated ends of Sanders’s plan (fairness and safer streets) are unobjectionable on their face, a closer look at the means by which he proposes to achieve them should set off  alarms for those of us who care about public safety.

The plan starts from the popular (but ultimately false) premise that the criminal-justice system is draconian and racially oppressive; largely because of this false premise, the plan’s prescriptions are unlikely to do any good.

Take, for instance, the plan’s goal of achieving a 50 percent reduction in the incarcerated population.

First, this a major flaw given that most of the criminal-justice system operates at the state level. Sanders implies that he could enact his proposed reforms unilaterally “as president.” But you can’t cut incarceration 50 percent through federal policy — either through presidential or congressional action — if only 10 percent or so of prisoners are federal to begin with.

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Warren’ s plan is sweeping, covering not just the well-known concerns about incarceration that criminal justice reformers have raised but also the criticisms that It includes many of the policies that have become mainstays in Democratic criminal justice reform plans . She targets long prison sentences

In many ways , Krasner is Sanders in district attorney form. Beyond the fact that they are both plain-spoken, gray-haired, bespectacled white men, neither comes from the political establishment. In some ways , I think Sanders feels obligated to carry Erica Garner’ s baton on criminal justice reform.

Second, the goal of a 50 percent reduction is based on Sanders’s belief that our incarceration rate is driven “in no small part” by “extremely harsh sentencing policies and the War on Drugs.” This is simply untrue.

Drug offenders constitute less than 15 percent of state prisoners, who constitute about 88 percent of all prisoners in the U.S. Four times as many state prisoners are in for murder, robbery, rape/sexual assault, burglary, or aggravated/simple assault.

Moreover, the median term served by state prisoners is only about 16 months; and when it comes to drug offenders, about half (45 percent) serve less than a year in prison. Even 20 percent of state prisoners in for murder are out within five years.

A Bureau of Justice Statistics study found that more than a third of violent felons had an active criminal-justice status (i.e., were on probation, parole, or out with pending charges) when they committed their offense. Coupled with the fact that a 50 percent reduction in the prison population would require releasing or diverting scores of serious, chronic, and violent offenders, it’s safe to say that the decarceration component of Sanders’s plan would actually undermine the public’s safety if implemented.

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Incarceration Trends in America. Between 1980 and 2015, the number of people incarcerated in America increased from roughly 500,000 to over 2.2 million. Today, the United States makes up about 5% of the world’ s population and has 21% of the world’ s prisoners.

Sanders ’ s embrace of criminal justice reform in his campaign was more dramatic. Instead, the candidates have talked about their respective criminal justice reform plans , and in recent weeks have touted the support of relatives of the unarmed African Americans who have been killed in encounters

Another example of the plan’s incongruity with its stated goal of maximizing safety is its call to ban punitive segregation — or as it’s more commonly known, “solitary confinement.” This is an experiment New York City has already conducted, having taken solitary off the table for jail inmates under the age of 21. That process began in 2016. By 2018, NYC jails had seen twice as many violent incidents than there were 20 years earlier, despite having half the average daily population, and employing close to the same number of corrections officers.

Sanders’s proposals demonstrate his misapprehension of key concepts and data. The plan libelously equates “Broken Windows” policing with “racial profiling” without bothering to explain what Broken Windows actually is. The plan also misleads voters by claiming that the “use of excessive force” by police, “including deadly shootings of unarmed civilians,” is “widespread.” On the contrary, police rarely use any force at all when making arrests, and when they do, it is almost never enough to cause serious injury to the suspect.

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It reflects a view embraced by many progressives in the criminal justice reform movement: that the US puts far too many people — particularly people of color — in prison, typically for way too long, and without doing enough to fight the “root causes” of crime. Parts of Harris’ s record match that rhetoric.

In fact, many of the people we have held as terrorists were held in spite of the fact that there was almost no evidence that they were actually involved in terrorism. It' s strange, in any case, that people are so quick to assume without evidence that our criminal justice system can't handle terrorists.

Yet another example of the plan’s misdirection is its assertion that “children with incarcerated parents tend to do worse in school, experience anxiety and depression, and develop behavioral issues.” But how much of that can be attributed to the antisocial behaviors of their parents separate and apart from their incarceration? Sanders doesn’t say. What’s left out are the studies showing that parental and sibling incarceration actually improvesoutcomes for children whose parents are on the margins of incarceration.

In Politico, Holly Otterbein referred to Sanders’s plan as “full-throated progressive agenda.” Perhaps that’s a throat in need of clearing. At 6,000 words, Sanders’ may be long on big ideas, but that doesn’t mean they’re good ones.

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