“It’s time to change our approach. It’s time to change the era of mass incarceration. .. We don’t want to create another incarceration generation.” – Hillary Clinton [Full speech at link]
IN A SPEECH delivered at the School of International Relations at Columbia University, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took on the long-standing issue of mass incarceration in our country, as well as expand on the remarks she made this week on the tragic death and violence erupting in Baltimore, which has 2016 candidates weighing in across the political spectrum, including new entree into the race Senator Bernie Sanders.
“From Ferguson to Staten Island to Baltimore, the patterns have become unmistakable and undeniable. Walter Scott shot in the back in Charleston, South Carolina … Tamir Rice, shot in a park in Cleveland, Ohio … Eric Garner, choked to death after being stopped for selling cigarettes.
My heart breaks for these young men and their families,” Clinton said of the victims of police brutality. “We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America. There is something profoundly wrong when African-American men are far more likely” to be stopped, searched and to receive long prison sentences, she said.
“We have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance and these recent tragedies should galvanize us as a nation to find our balance again.”
TM NOTE: This post has been updated, Clinton’s speech concluded and details, links added.