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Bernie Sanders declares war on the prison-industrial complex with major new Bill

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Good for Bernie. He delivered on a promise and has proposed a bill that has excellent provisions, as reported in Daily Kos by Eric Nelson:

Bernie Sanders just made good on an early campaign promise and introduced a bill in the Senate to outlaw what he called the “morally repugnant” practice of incarcerating Americans in private prisons and called for the reduction in the nation’s prison population.

The Bill introduced Thursday is titled (check out the provision in the Bill – excellent to drop the hammer on “justice” for profit):

The Justice Is Not for Sale ActSec. 3. Bar the federal government from contracting with private entities to provide and/or operate prisons and detention facilities within 2 years.

Sec. 4. Bar state and local governments from contracting with private entities to provide and/or operate prisons and detention centers within 2 years.

Sec. 5. Reinstate the federal parole system.

Sec. 6 and 7. Increase oversight to prevent companies from overcharging inmates and their families for services like banking and telephone calls.

Sec. 8. End the requirement that ICE detain 34,000 immigrants.

Sec. 9. Require ICE to improve the monitoring of detention facilities.

Sec. 10.  End immigrant family detention.

This Bill is part of a package put together with members of the congressional Black caucus and Progressive caucus’

..sponsored by Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Bobby L. Rush of Illinois, aimed at making important criminal justice reforms including increased oversight on the predatory banking and telephone services for inmates.

With questions about the concerns from members of #BLM that not enough was being done about racial injustice(s) Bernie Sanders has responded with concrete measures. One is the banning of private profiteering prisons; something Bernie Sanders has long opposed

  Sanders said “it makes no sense” that “America has more jails and prisons than college and universities.” Calling the growth of prisons in the United States “unacceptable,” Sanders said “it makes more sense to be investing in our children, making sure they stay in school, making sure they get the mentoring they need, rather than simply locking them up.”   “It is a national tragedy that a disproportionate number of those who are in jail are black and Hispanic,” Sanders added. . .

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Here’s Bernie speaking on “Justice is not for sale.” Worth watching.

Written by LeisureGuy

18 September 2015 at 12:51 pm

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