In a recent tweet, Hillary Clinton claimed to have the solution to decreasing the number of men locked up in prison.
“More than 1 in 100 American adults is behind bars,” she tweeted, referencing a link to her campaign site. “Here’s how we can start fixing that.”
Hillary presented a trio of steps on her website, which she thinks would bring an end to all crime. The steps are as follows:
1. “End racial profiling in America.”
According to Hillary, the overwhelming number of blacks and Hispanics in American prisons are not due to crime, but because of an unfair “bias” by local police officers. Perhaps if cops were less discriminatory against blacks and Hispanics, according this ideologically-driven theory, there would be an equal amount of all races in prison.
Such thinking ignores the uncomfortable crime rate statistics that show higher rates of criminal activity among some minority groups, particularly African Americans, who have in recent decades committed disproportionately high percentages of crimes including "over 52 percent of all murders" from 1976 to 2005 and "39.3 percent of all violent-crime arrests, including 56.3 percent of all robbery and 34.5 percent of all aggravated-assault arrests, and 29.4 percent of all property-crime arrests." Are these percentages inflated entirely because of racial bias in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, or do cultural and economic factors have real-world impacts that ideologues choose to ignore?
2. Discriminating between crack and cocaine is racist.
The Daily Wire recently reported on Hillary's crack law proposal. "The left has been advocating for reductions in the crack cocaine disparity because blacks tend to be the demographic that uses crack at a higher percentage, resulting in a higher number of blacks facing tougher sentencing,” wrote Aaron Bandler. “The left's conclusion: crack cocaine laws are racist."
Hillary believes that blacks “will continue to be imprisoned at disproportionate rates” as a result of the current crack cocaine laws, despite evidence pointing to the more easily ingested crack as working “hand in hand” with violence. But reality is to be ignored in the face of political correctness.
3. “Ban the box.”
In other words, force employers to hire ex-cons.
“That little box on most job application forms creates barriers for people with a felony on their record—and getting rid of it will give them a fair chance to get work.”
Of course, when so many American blacks and Hispanics are being convicted for no reason whatsoever other than race, as Hillary’s Steps 1 and 2 suggest, these predominantly innocent men are likely to be refused job positions solely because of the “little box” indicating a criminal record.
Never mind statistics showing that more than half of state prisoners in the American Criminal Justice system end up returning to prison within five years due to recurring offenses, or the staggering rates of inmate offenses occurring in prisons.
“By banning the box and preventing federal employers and contractors from asking about criminal history at the application stage, 65 million Americans with criminal records could have a better chance at employment.”
Because why worry about actual solutions to reduce crime in the United States when you can use government to mandate that criminals are not criminals, or that ex-cons are not ex-cons? Any idiot can agree that re-labelling or ignoring records of criminal activity in the employment process does not make the issue of crime in America disappear.
The Crime Victim Advocacy Center (CVAC) of St. Louis certainly does not believe in relabeling crime as it does in mental healthcare solutions and drug regulations.
“In an ideal world, the answer to reducing the number of adults in prison is for adults to make different choices,” Jessica Meyers of the Crime Victim Advocacy Center of St. Louis told The Daily Wire. “One seemingly simple way to reduce crime is for offenders to stop victimizing their community and peers. We as an agency recognize, however, that there are often intervening factors that affect that decision, like mental health and substance abuse issues.”
“Our prisons have become repositories for the mentally ill who are often not getting the treatment they need to leave prison as healthy, functioning members of society,” Meyers added.
How fitting that such an outrageous proposal ignoring actual solutions to crime and forcing Americans to hire criminals be made by a Democratic presidential candidate who is herself in the process of a federal criminal investigation.