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Ocasio-Cortez Says America Needs ‘To Have A Real Conversation’ About Abolishing Prisons

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Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promoted “prison abolition” in a pair of tweets Monday morning.

Ocasio-Cortez called for “a real conversation about decarceration [and] prison abolition in this country,” adding: “A cage is a cage is a cage. And humans don’t belong in them.”

“Prison abolition” is a radical left-wing movement to abolish prisons altogether⁠—including for violent offenders. The Democratic Socialists of America, of which Ocasio-Cortez is a part, voted in August to create “a national Police & Prison Abolition Working Group.”

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“Mass incarceration is our American reality. It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “To end it, we have to change. That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country.”

“Yesterday morning I spoke with a woman who was thrown in Rikers as a teenager. Put in solitary confinement for MONTHS, aka torture. Force-fed pills. The conditions were so bad, she too had drank out of toilets,” she added. “A cage is a cage is a cage. And humans don’t belong in them.”

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According to research by the Manhattan Institute’s Rafael A. Mangual, 60% of the inmates in state prisons⁠—which house the overwhelming majority of prisoners across the country⁠—”are serving time for murder, rape, assault, robbery, or burglary—four times the number convicted only of drug offenses.”

“We have more than enough room to close many of our prisons and explore just alternatives to incarceration,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Our lawmaking process means we come to solutions together, [and] either way we should work to an end where our prison system is dramatically smaller than it is today,” she added.

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6 comments

  1. Put her in the middle of a prison courtyard and unlock all cages, Party time for a bar maid

  2. Someone needs to tell this child that “it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it”

    We really shouldn’t expect much of someone that got their education from bar customers (meow)

  3. She is not paying attention, there are no federal prisons, the are now Correctional Institutions, sounds better the propaganda mills for profit.

  4. Force Recon Marine

    Forget about a mental evaluation of Cortez The mental evaluation needs to be conducted on those who voted for her!!!

  5. Force Recon Marine

    Ocasio-Cortez Says America Needs ‘To Have A Real Conversation’ About Abolishing Prisons

    I say let’s ABOLISH STUPID LYING POLITICIANS and execute more VIOLENT felons!!

    There was a REASON that in the old west public hangings took place at high noon in the center of town Doing so allowed for school children to be present to witness what happens when you don’t follow the law!!!

  6. Has this person had a mental evaluation? Is she serious, or just a particularly strange sense of humor? The fact is that 15% to 20% of the population will do the “right” or “moral” thing whether there are laws…or not. The same percentage on the other end will do all they can to narcissistically do what they want to do that pleases them, ignoring the law(s) completely. The 70% in the middle are profoundly guided by what the law says is acceptable and/or unacceptable…and the reason for that observance is because of “CONSEQUENCES!” And that translates into prison time. If no jails, you are left with only two options: 1. The Death Penalty (delivered immediately upon being caught;, or 2. no punishment at all except AOC’s wagging finger saying, “Please don’t do that again.” For her to suggest doing away with prisons, I would suggest she should first voluntear to spend 60 days in Riker’s Island in the general population. This would give her a graduate degree in understanding the actions and attitudes of the folk she was advocating being let loose on society. Do that and THEN we can talk.

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