Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), a far-left member of “Squad”, on Monday tried to explain her controversial opinion on emptying federal prisons after her long-standing support for the BREATHE law, which aims to shut down all federal prisons, admitting that not everyone can be rehabilitated.
Tlaib made the admission during an interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, who asked her about her support for the BREATHE law, which lawmakers previously described as a “new version for public safety – a new vision of public safety, which protects and affirms black lives.
The law specifically provides a “road map for the abolition of prisons”.
“How hard have you struggled to release the potential inconvenience of releasing into society every person currently in federal prison?” Swan asked.
“Yeah, I think everyone’s like, ‘Oh my gosh we’re just going to set everyone free,'” she began. “That’s not who I am—”
“That’s what the law says,” Swan noted.
“Yes, but have you seen how many people with mental illnesses are in prison right now,” Tlaib continued, apparently reconsidering his position.
“But the act you approved actually says release everyone in 10 years,” Swan said.
“There are like, human traffickers, the sex of children [predators]. Are you saying that you don’t actually support him? Because you approved the bill, ”he said as Tlaib insisted that drug-addicted offenders be rehabilitated.
“Why don’t you ask me about them?” ” she asked. “You ask me about human traffickers and others who should be able to be held accountable. “
Swan noted that his proposal “frees everyone”.
“Oh, yeah, in 10 years,” she admitted. “Obviously, there is a process of figuring out how we can escape mass incarceration and move on to care first. “
.@jonathanvswan Urges Representative Tlaib to support a bill to end federal prisons: How well have you tackled the potential drawbacks?
Tlaib: I think everyone is like, oh my god, we’re just going to free everyone.
Swan: But the act you approved actually said to release everyone pic.twitter.com/ZBX3T9wxQy
– Axios (@axios) 22 November 2021
Tlaib explicitly expressed his support for the proposal backed by Black Lives Matter last year:
Today, I am joining the @ Mvmt4BlkLives electoral justice project to unveil the BREATHE law. The streets of our neighborhoods are filled with voters who demand more of us, and we must stand up until that time. #BREATHEAct pic.twitter.com/0SmGGAAuhS
– Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) July 7, 2020
The invoice itself:
… Would eliminate federal programs and agencies used to fund and expand the US criminal justice system, such as Department of Defense 1033 program, Edward Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant program, Community Oriented Policing Services, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs enforcement.
The conversation about criminal justice reform has resumed in light of the tragedy of the Waukesha Christmas Parade. The alleged suspect, Darrell E. Brooks Jr., who was charged with killing five people and injuring dozens more after entering a crowd with an SUV, had a road map and was recently released on bail of $ 1,000 the Milwaukee County district attorney said was “inappropriately low”.
Meanwhile, far-left lawmakers, such as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), are focusing on issues related to what they see as “excessive bail” for prisoners.