While Republicans have led the charge on bipartisan justice and judicial reform in the congress and on the campaign trail, the 2016 candidates for the Democratic Party’s nomination have seemed to have been silent on the matter publicly. Here is a breakdown of the current Democrat candidates and their stance on justice reform, based off the FreedomWorks issue set, going into the upcoming DNC primary debates.
Hillary Clinton–former US Senator, Secretary of State, First Lady
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Clinton recently began to touch the topic of justice reform in the past several months. In a May speech to supporters, The New York Times stated Clinton gave “an impassioned plea to mend the nation’s racial fissures and overhaul an ‘out-of-balance’ justice system.” Pointing out the large percentage of the population currently in America’s prison system, she referenced the large number of “low-level offenders” currently incarcerated. While many cheered Clinton’s support for downsizing the large number of citizens currently behind bars, what has bothered some is the speech she gave when her husband was in office, which shows a contradictory view of this issue she held for several decades:
“We need more and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders. The ‘three strikes and you’re out’ for violent offenders has to be part of the plan. We need more prisons to keep violent offenders for as long as it takes to keep them off the streets.”
According to an Institute for Justice report from 2001, Clinton was a hard charger for…