Squad Leader Ocasio-Cortez Wants To Abolish Prisons: ‘A Cage Is A Cage Is A Cage’

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Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is now proposing that America entirely do away with the prison system, declaring that human beings do not ‘belong in cages’. The leader of the Democrat ‘Squad’ called for “a real conversation” leading to prison abolition in this country,” adding: “A cage is a cage is a cage. And humans don’t belong in them.”

Ocasio-Cortez blamed the system of incarceration on Jim Crow and slavery. I would really like to know where we will put the bad guys, maybe in the Hilton. The United States justice system is not perfect, but it is by far better than any other at any time in history.

Manhattan Institute’s Rafael A. Mangual has research that provides that 60% of all of the inmates in our US state prisons ”are serving time for murder, rape, assault, robbery, or burglary—four times the number convicted only of drug offenses.”

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I really want to know what she expects to do with them.

“Mass incarceration is our American reality. It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

“Yesterday morning I spoke with a woman who was thrown in Rikers as a teenager. Put in solitary confinement for MONTHS, aka torture. Force-fed pills. The conditions were so bad, she too had drank out of toilets,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “A cage is a cage is a cage. And humans don’t belong in them.”

“Prison abolition” is another radical left-wing movement being adopted by some in the modern Democrat party. Their goal is to abolish prisons altogether and that includes even for violent offenders. The Democratic Socialists of America, of which Ocasio-Cortez is a part, voted in August to create “a national Police & Prison Abolition Working Group.”

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The real irony is that prison systems are an outright plethora of socialist political and economic systems, and always have been.

Ira Stoll writes in a Reason.com opinion piece and explains:

The Times report, which came in the form of a news article about increasing numbers of Democratic candidates embracing the socialist label, made me chuckle.

The chuckle wasn’t about the adverse political consequences this platform might have for the socialists. Those consequences will become clear once their opponents begin talking about the risks of violent rapists, murderers, wife beaters, and terrorists who now populate our prisons being unleashed on American cities. It would be an invitation to update attacks of the sort that were leveled back in the 1980s against Michael Dukakis for having furloughed Willie Horton.

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The chuckle wasn’t even about the irony of the history of socialists and prisons. In the 20th century the socialists were responsible for two of the most vast prison systems in world history—the concentration camps of the National Socialists, or Nazis, of Germany, and the Siberian gulags of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Now that socialists are out of power, they want to abolish prisons here in 21st century America? They might be arriving a bit late to the issue.

No, what really got me smiling was the theoretical challenge. How can one imagine a socialist state without prisons? I mean, I can understand the tactical benefit of emptying out the prisons during a revolutionary period, the way that, say, the Bolsheviks released criminals from Tsarist prisons about a century ago to advance their communist coup. Finish Ira’s Article. Great Piece!

It is fascinating to see what Ocasio-Cortez will come up with next. Keep the popcorn coming!

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