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.”

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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