Mandela Barnes ‘absolutely’ wants to halve WI prison population

Democratic Wisconsin Senate candidate Mandela Barnes “absolutely” wanted to free half of Wisconsin’s prison population, video discovered by the Republican National Committee reveals.

When asked in 2018, while campaigning for Wisconsin lieutenant governor, if he thought the prison population could be cut in half, Barnes replied, “Absolutely! It’s something that happens over time. »

“It’s not something that happens overnight,” he complained. “If you stop sending people back to prison, we can reduce our recidivism rate if we drop the way of, you know, sentencing non-violent offenders. Over time, the prison population will be half of what it is.

During his tenure as lieutenant governor, Barnes allowed at least 884 convicted felons back on the streets by parole, according to Wisconsin Right Now. The massive number of convicted criminals is believed to include 270 murderers and attempted murderers, as well as at least 44 child rapists.

Barnes, who was a community organizer before becoming Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor, is one of the most radical Democrats to run for office in 2022, though he no longer calls himself a “progressive” Democrat to “appear less polarizing” in his race against Johnson.

But Barnes pushed for defunding police services “overloaded” and allowing criminals to retain the right to vote. He also thinks that the police do not prevent crimes.

Additionally, Barnes believes in abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), allowing driver’s license for illegal immigrants and give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. He ridiculed small business owners as “selfish” for wanting to serve customers during the pandemic. barnes too favors a fully government-run healthcare system, eliminating Senate filibuster, packaging the Supreme Court, and the adoption of the Green New Deal, which would destroy the American economy to transform it into a socialist utopia.

To shore up his hardline stances on crime among voters, he attempted to roll out just two active cop endorsements last week. Both endorsements were revoked days before Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) announced a bipartisan majority of 51 Wisconsin sheriff endorsements.

Johnson “brings a common sense approach to all the craziness of DC and represents Wisconsin as it should. I am happy to support Senator Ron Johnson,” Florence County Sheriff Dan Miller said.

A Tuesday poll found Johnson ahead in the polls ahead of radical Barnes by four points. Just a few weeks ago, Barnes was leading Johnson by a moderate margin. But Barnes’ sweeping record seems to be working against him.

Follow Wendell Husebo on Twitter @WendellHusebo. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.


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