Bernie Unveils Plan To 'Fix' Justice System By Halving Prison Population

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced his criminal justice reform plan during a campaign stop on Sunday.

Columbia, SC – Presidential hopeful U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) unveiled a plan for revamping the country’s criminal justice system during his campaign tour of South Carolina on Sunday that included cutting prison populations in half and creating a federal “registry of disreputable federal law enforcement officers.”

“We have a criminal justice system that is racist and broken, and working together we’re going to fundamentally transform it,” Sanders tweeted with a link to the proposal.

The proposal, titled “Justice and Safety for All,” started out with a sweeping list of progressive reforms aimed at the incarcerated population.

Sanders has vowed that, as President, he would end cash bail for federal crimes and withhold funding from states that that do not follow suit.

“Can you believe that, in the year 2019, 400,000 people are in jail awaiting a trial because they are poor?” Sanders said during the announcement, according to the Associated Press. “That is a moral outrage, it is a legal outrage.”

He also wanted to ban for-profit prisons, make prisoners’ phone calls and video chats free, and ensure that prison commissaries don’t engaged in price-gouging.

The proposal also promised to “transform” policing and hold “police and sheriff’s departments to a higher standard.”

“…we must end harmful policing practices like racial profiling, stop and frisk, oppressive ‘broken windows’ policing, and the militarization of police forces — all of which actively undermine public safety and community trust in law enforcement,” the plan said.

Sanders has vowed to rescind former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ guidance on consent decrees for police departments and revitalize the use of U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) investigations, consent decrees, federal lawsuits “to address systemic constitutional violations by police departments.”

The plan also promised to limit the police officers’ use of “qualified immunity” and mandate criminal liability for civil rights violations resulting from police misconduct.

Additionally, the plan called for a federal police use-of-deadly-force database and a “registry of disreputable federal law enforcement officers.”

Sanders would establish a federal no-call policy for those officers deemed “untrustworthy” and provide financial support to state and local governments to create their own lists of “disreputable” officers.

The proposal also included several key components that would actually make it harder for law enforcement officers to do their jobs.

Sanders would put an end to providing surplus military equipment to local police and sheriff’s departments and he would ban the use of facial recognition software in policing, as well as other risk assessment tools, according to the proposal.

“You have a lot of resentment in minority communities all over this country, who see police forces not as an asset but as an invading force,” Sanders explained during the announcement, the Associated Press reported.

The plan advocated grants to establish civilian oversight committees that would have enforceable accountability mechanisms built in.

As if setting up roadblocks to police investigations and arrests wasn’t enough, Sanders’ plan also included a section about propping up public defenders.

Under Sanders proposal, federal spending on indigent defense would be tripled to an annual $14 billion cash infusion.

And he would cancel all school loan debt for public defenders.

The plan, which was all over the map, also called for an end to the death penalty, the federal legalization of marijuana, the establishment of drug injection sites, an end to the “three strikes” law, a ban on the prosecution of juveniles in adult courts, the decriminalization of truancy, an end solitary confinement, and the creation of a Prisoner Bill of Rights which includes the right to vote.

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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

"Bernie Unveils Plan To 'Fix' Justice System By Halving Prison Population"

That would work! Provided you used chainsaw!

cherm59
cherm59

“You have a lot of resentment in minority communities all over this country, " Well you have a lot of crime in minority communities as well.........so they don't like the police........really?

SheepDog104
SheepDog104

This is scary. So much so, that the brainwashed populous will by in, thereby ending this country as we know.

JOHNNYTUNDRA
JOHNNYTUNDRA

I agree with Cherm59, the minority’s are the ones committing the majority of the crimes, thus they make up the majority of people in prison. Facts! Of course they would consider law enforcement suspect, the police are trying to enforce the very morals and ethics the minority criminals are against. And Sanders wants to hinder that effort? WTH!

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Man, he is a lunatic. All about the Predators and nothing about victims.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

“You have a lot of resentment in minority communities all over this country, "

Yes, of course Bernie because they resent actually being caught, arrested , charged, fined , incarcerated, ....etc........You see few others are sympathetic to these pervasive losers or to being more lenient to their criminality . If anything I am seeking less leniency and more stringent law enforcement especially to those who are here illegally in this country and / or to repeat offenders . If minorities don't like it they need to change their own attitudes, behaviors, morals, values and culture. Until then they .....and you .....can leave, you hypocrite. Please don't let the door hit you in the ass as you leave.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I was joking in my first comment and didn't even read the article, but after digging into it just a bit, I have to agree with Sheepdog104. This IS scary! Calling the criminal justice system racist? I remember when Black Lives Matter got up on his stage, grabbed his microphone from him and started their own narrative. He looked so scared and helpless, while they did that, it was sickening. He is afraid of black people in real life, but using this platform to garner their vote. The incarceration has nothing to do with race, other than statistically the prison population has populations of minorities, at a far higher per capita, because they commit more crimes per capita... not rocket science. It is scary that he is calling the entire justice system racist because of this. One thing I found particularly bothering was creating a "bad cop" registry. You can bet he would suspect testimony, or worse, a higher arrest record than his or her peers, as criterion for the list.

JBo
JBo

Yes...criminals hate cops.

Yes...Bernie, the millionaire socialist, is trying to become relevant in today's world.

Yes...the greatest threat to America is from within.

JBo
JBo

I'm waiting for a registry of all disreputable politicians but I don't think there's a hard drive with a large enough capacity.

cspcapt
cspcapt

Is this guy on drugs, spoken like true communist Let's not patrol, police or respond to high crime areas. This why no one gies to jail.

Bigdaddydeuce
Bigdaddydeuce

I have one response to this article... TRUMP 2020

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

Ole Bern has been a Senator for how long and he’s just now coming up with such an idea? Haha. What a farce he is. Tell the people what they want to hear and they’ll vote for me. Bah! Actually, Democrats are more dangerous when they’re not telling you BS! Sneaky turds they are!!

Raymelson
Raymelson

Bernie's corn bread isn't done in the middle LOL

Stanracer
Stanracer

Too bad Bernie buys in to the media and politicians and BLM's lies. And the war on the police continues....SAD!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

You know, if people didn't commit crimes, they wouldn't end up in jail. It's really that simple. Regardless of race, people's actions have consequences.

And I'm all for decriminalizing certain crimes, however until our legislative bodies do their jobs and change the laws, the crimes are still crimes.

61mouse
61mouse

How many blacks does BS have on staff ?

1Starhoosier
1Starhoosier

He wants to decriminalize certain crimes because he knows he should be committed............................

Rooster53
Rooster53

I think Bernie should put his money where his mouth is and locate all of the released convicts to communities near the 3 houses he owns!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

And he wants to allow convicted felons to vote, as do many of his Komrads...

JaCoMoCountryboy
JaCoMoCountryboy

Gotta love the minors not tried as an adult..

So a 17 year old commints man slaughter or murder he/she is gonna be tried as a child....

Gangs are gonna love this crap.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Maybe he's getting Alzheimers....... That would be the only excuse for his ludicrous statements.........

turtyle
turtyle

Lets see...release half of the perps, cut police forces in half after you disarm them?...gee, whats the problem with that? How much more proof do you need that lib/socialist/progressive/democrats (or whatever they call themselves this week) are clinically insane?

Cops kid
Cops kid

This Bernie guy he's the best comedian ever ... OMG my sides hurt!!!

Cops kid
Cops kid

The perfect "fix" for spending so much on prisons ... CHAIN GANGS

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Just My Thoughts " Maybe he's getting Alzheimer's....... That would be the only excuse for his ludicrous statements".........

Respectfully JMT , he is not stupid and it is no excuse- He knows he needs to differentiate himself from the multitudes of other Dem candidates as this is his last major "opportunity " to seize power...IE- His last rodeo. He is is pandering to groups with low intellect, are mindless followers who don't think for themselves , are naive , and who routinely seek to blame other reasons and people for their own poor results of being no one and going no where in life. He knows that if he can get enough of these types attracted to him by making outlandish statements and claims then he has a shot of distancing himself from the pack . Facts be damned as most of these followers will not even research the truth to find out for themselves. No, I am not a follower but no, he is not stupid . He is a conniver who knows to some extent what he is doing and saying to seize power.and power is all he cares about.