Justice for All

Mass Incarceration in America

Last Friday in Des Moines, Bernie spoke about the problems of police brutality and mass incarceration. He pointed out that there are more people in jail in the United States than there are in China, and said:

“From Ferguson to Baltimore and across this nation, too many African-Americans and other minorities find themselves subjected to a system that treats citizens who have not committed crimes as if they were criminals, and that is unacceptable.”

A blogger on DailyKos had this to say about the Des Moines speech:

“By addressing links between class and race throughout his time in the Senate, Bernie has always spoken the language of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, but yesterday he was also explicit in declaring that policing in America must change — and law-breaking cops be held accountable for their actions.”

Mass incarceration is not a new topic for Bernie. Here’s something he said about the subject last year:

“The United States has more people in jail than any other country on earth. Yet, somehow, none of them are the Wall Street bankers whose illegal activities caused the global economic collapse and destroyed the lives of millions of Americans. The huge Wall Street banks are ‘too big to fail.’ The leading bankers are ‘too big to jail.’”

There are those in this country who still don’t understand. Mitt Romney said recently that “We don’t have mass incarcerations in America. “Individuals are brought before tribunals, and they have counsel.”

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. It is home to 4.4 percent of the world’s population, and 22 percent of its prisoners.