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One little-known fact this year is that Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio have benefited from prison lobbyist money. In fact, they've taken almost the same amount of contributions from major prison lobbyists. Clinton's campaign has received $133,246 while Rubio's campaign accepted $133,450 from the prison lobby.
Rubio's home state of Florida has recently faced a crisis with its corrections system and has the 11th highest incarceration rate in the nation.
What's most startling is that African Americans on average vote around 90% Democrat in presidential elections, yet Hillary Clinton accepted money from major prison lobbyists, even as "African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites."
As for the reaction from Latino and African American civil rights organizations, these groups pressured Clinton to stop taking the prison lobby's money, as illustrated in a Huffington Post article titled Hillary Clinton Says She'll End Private Prisons, Stop Accepting Their Money:
In contrast to Clinton, Rubio, and Bush, Senator Bernie Sanders has been outspoken in his desire to ban private prisons, as stated in a USA Today piece titled Bernie Sanders seeks to ban private prisons:
What's also surprising is that Jeb Bush actually received less money ($21,700) than Clinton, from the same interests that target a key voter base among Democrats.
End the era of mass incarceration, reform mandatory minimum sentences, and end private prisons.
Encourage the use of smart strategies—like police body cameras—and end racial profiling to rebuild trust between law enforcement and communities.
Help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully re-enter society.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: DBCowboy
Yea, I agree. We need to crack down on the fun police. Stop criminalizing social deviancy and let people do what they want to do as long as it doesn't affect you and yours. It's such a simple premise, it's a wonder why it gets ignored so often...
Any conversation about prison reform cannot be honest without discussing removing most of the stupid laws that put people in prison in the first place from the books.
Just another fine example of how politicians will say pretty much anything to get elected.
originally posted by: marg6043
a reply to: Krazysh0t
It makes my blood boil every time these political rats take interest money to work against the citizens in this nation, specially those of us that pay taxes that then end up in the hands of the government to pay for keeping us under the power of private interest.