White House pushes back at Rashida Tlaib prison stand

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The White House distanced itself from a resolution backed by Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) that calls for the closure of federal prisons.

  • ,The president does not support the abolition of prisons,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Tuesday Briefing,
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why it matters: Saki’s remarks come amid widespread discussion over prison reform and after Tlaib was challenged on his stance by Nerdshala’ Jonathan Swann in an “Nerdshala on HBO” interview.

  • ,[E]Everybody’s like, ‘Oh my god, we’re going to release everyone.’ It’s not —,” Tlaib said in the interview, which aired on Sunday.
  • Swann interjects that the Breathe Act “really says: release everyone” from federal prisons in 10 years.

In the “Nerdshala on HBO” interview, Swann asked to what extent Tlaib has struggled with the potential pitfalls of the reforms:

  • 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.”
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on Tuesday, Psaki reiterated that Biden does not support the police defense, adding that “he would not support a law that contains it.”

  • “They think such measures will make us less safe,” she said.

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