Thursday, May 7, 2015

White Democrats and the Mass Incarceration of Black Males

Martin O'Malley, the former Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland

From Bloomberg News: 

In 2006 the Maryland branch of the ACLU and the NAACP sued the Baltimore Police Department for allegedly arresting thousands of citizens without probable cause. According to the suit, nearly 30 percent of individuals arrested without warrants in 2005 weren’t prosecuted. That year, there were more than 100,000 arrests in a city of 640,000. In 2010 the city settled for $870,000 and the police department committed to a series of reforms.

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Hillary Clinton, former NY Senator, Secretary of State, and First Lady

Hillary Clinton in 1994: 

We need more police, we need more and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders. The three strikes and you’re out for violent offenders has to be part of the plan. We need more prisons to keep violent offenders for as long as it takes to keep them off the streets.

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Bill Clinton, former Governor and President

From Salon Magazine:

In the late 1990s, Bill Clinton played in instrumental role in creating the world’s largest prison system — one that has devastated our inner cities, made a mockery of American idealism abroad, and continues to inflict needless suffering on millions of people. And he did it with his wife’s support.

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