Friday, May 02, 2008

Clinton is Tough on Crime . . . Which is Not Good

In these last few days before the Indiana primary, if you still think Hillary Clinton is the correct person to lead this country, please read Prof. Berman's post and the items to which he links.
To sum up: Rising imprisonment is the price the Clinton wing of the Democratic party is always eager to pay to win power. Rich, white, elected Democratic officials do not pay any direct price from rising imprisonment; the real costs of rising imprisonment are borne mostly by poor and minority populations and their families. Being the toughest with imprisonment terms, especially in the context of non-violent crimes, is not the only way for Democrats to win political power. Nevertheless, as Senator Hillary Clinton's expressed opposition to crack retroactivity highlights, the Clintonian eagerness to sell out poor and minority populations and their families through criminal justice politicking is not likely to change anytime soon.

When one in every one hundred adults is imprisoned, it is not only those inmates who lose. Our families lose. Our communities lose. Our country loses. We lose the right to call ourselves the home of the free. The Statue of Liberty no longer cries to the rest of the world to "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." We can no longer declare "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Hope. Vote.

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