Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Candidate Clinton to unveil criminal justic reforms today

Hillary Clinton unveils criminal-justice reforms in Manhattan this morning - A Clinton aide: "Calling for an end to the era of mass incarceration, Hillary Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University ... She will address the tragic situation in Baltimore and lay out a broader vision for criminal justice reform that will include specific policy proposals.

"'End the Era of Mass Incarceration' -- the need to reform our criminal justice system by changing the way we approach punishment and prison, including reforms to probation and drug diversions, increasing support for mental health and drug treatment, and pursuing alternative punishments for low level offenders, especially young people.

"Body Cameras for Every Police Department in the Country -- the need to use innovative strategies to fight crime and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they represent, and specifically call for every police department in the country to have body cameras to improve transparency and accountability in order to protect those on both sides of the lens.

"She will also discuss the hard truth and fundamental unfairness in our country that today African American men are far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes and sentenced to longer prison terms."

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