It’s Called “Criminal Justice Reform”

While we wait and wait for the tally on the votes in the 5 remaining states…let’s look at an issue that should become very important to the next administration…..criminal justice…..FOX News has called Arizona for Biden…that ought to piss Donald the Orange right the Hell off.

This is a piece of legislation that has been hailed as a new day for the American criminal justice system….it is called the First Step Act of 2018 and was signed by new president Donald Trump…..

But before I crap on this “Act”… it for yourself….

Click to access FY21-Fact-Sheet-Criminal-Justice-Reform.pdf

Now I think this is a limp dick approach like most of the so-called bi-partisan efforts… does little to stop the private prison system….it does little to address the root causes that cause the recidivism….in essence it is just a bunch of words that accomplishes one thing…..the players can get a back slap for a job well done….even if it is basically a job done half ass.

Then there is Biden’s promises on criminal justice.

The Biden Plan for Strengthening America’s Commitment to Justice is based on several core principles:

  • We can and must reduce the number of people incarcerated in this country while also reducing crime. No one should be incarcerated for drug use alone. Instead, they should be diverted to drug courts and treatment. Reducing the number of incarcerated individuals will reduce federal spending on incarceration. These savings should be reinvested in the communities impacted by mass incarceration.
  • Our criminal justice system cannot be just unless we root out the racial, gender, and income-based disparities in the system. Black mothers and fathers should feel confident that their children are safe walking the streets of America. And, when a police officer pins on that shield and walks out the door, the officer’s family should know they’ll come home at the end of the day. Additionally, women and children are uniquely impacted by the criminal justice system, and the system needs to address their unique needs.
  • Our criminal justice system must be focused on redemption and rehabilitation. Making sure formerly incarcerated individuals have the opportunity to be productive members of our society is not only the right thing to do, it will also grow our economy.
  • No one should be profiteering off of our criminal justice system.

I see he has retained parts of the “Act”…..and promised some wonderful sounding planks of this policy….but it  will be a pipe dream.

Biden may well believe that he can make a difference but his donors may have a different outlook for his so-called “reform”.

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15 thoughts on “It’s Called “Criminal Justice Reform”

  1. Reducing the numbers kept in prisons is going to be less likely when a penal system is privatised, as it is in many parts of Britain now. Once investors and shareholders become involved, putting more people in jail equals more profit for big companies.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I didn’t know that Britian has it’s penal system privatized in many parts of the country.

      I find this a sad and disappointing developement.

      It’s abstap backwards.
      Yes, it’s always money at the bade of it.

      Privatizing prisons is a moneytrap.
      They cost more!
      Just and humane treatment of prisoners????

      1. It is not 100% privatised yet, but some companies run certain facilities, and provide the court-prison transport and security.
        Best wishes, Pete.

  2. for his so-called “reform”.

    Both parties use the word “reform” quite fraudulently. Reform usually means a change and doing things differently but doesn’t mean refined or for the better. It usually means changes that help one group prosper or increase power at the expense of the other groups with little concern for genuine improvement.

    1. Reform is used because it helps to change things back when one party gets in or the other….reforms are easily overturned….they are not a permanent fix. chuq

  3. The problem with the idea of rehabilitating the criminal into a productive member of society is (a) It is an extremely lengthy process with no guarantees of success and (b) The criminal mind is more likely to use all the new things learned in the rehabilitation process as tools to improve on his or her criminality — The old saying that the thing that is most learned in Prison by prisoners is how to become a better criminal.

  4. As a member of Amnesty International this important to me.

    Every law to achieve a more just judicial punishment is a step in the right direction.

    It’s something, but America’s attitude to criminal justice is often one of vengange, not justice.

    As often in other parts of US society, it’s not focussing on preventing crime, but act to late, to little.

    What about the deathpenalty.
    Maybe I overread it in the pdf

    Still executions in many US states.

  5. I’d love to know how they can get rid of the for-profit prison system. And when you have a corporation running it, how can/do you dismantle it legally and return it to a state run entity?

    I have been trying to figure out if it was possible for a long time.

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