On “Nerdshala on HBO,” Jonathan Swann challenges Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on the sweep of a plan to close federal prisons, which he has supported, and is supported by some criminal-justice activists.
- ,[E]Everybody’s like, ‘Oh my god, we’re going to release everyone.’ It’s not -,” said Tlaib.
- Swann interjects that the Breathe Act “really says: release everyone” from federal prisons in 10 years.
why it matters: While prison reform is a mainstream position within the Democratic Party, federal prison abolition—which Tlaib has advocated—is not. These law and order issues have come at the center of political competition across the country, with crime rates rising.
Hans asked Tlaib has wrestled with the potential downside to the extent to which he supports reforms — namely that the federal prison population includes dangerous criminals.
- Called: “But did you see how many people who are mentally ill who are in jail right now?”
- Swan: “But human traffickers are like that.”
- Called: “Oh, I know. … Look who’s in prison now … mentally ill people who have substance abuse problems … and clearly it’s a process of seeing that we’re going through mass confinement How to get away from it, and move on to care first.”
More from the “Nerdshala on HBO” interview:
- Rashida Tlaib warns of “corporate dams” hitting Biden bill
- Rashida Tlaib calls filibusters an instrument of racism