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Jill Stein on Crime

Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor


Incarcerating poor & minorities has become big business

Over seven million [Americans] are under "correctional supervision", 10 times greater than in 1965, as incarcerating poor people--disproportionately of color--has become big business with the failed war on drugs. And more African American males are now locked up in US prisons than were slaves in 1850.
Source: Green Party 2012 People's State of the Union speech , Jan 25, 2012

Death penalty is ineffective, and also barbaric

Q: What about capital punishment?

A: It's barbaric. It's outlawed internationally in all but a few extremely repressive countries like Iran, China, and not many others. It's shameful that it continues to be performed. It's well established that mistakes are made--yet half of our states practice pre-meditated state-sponsored murder. It's also known that it's not effective. So why is it done? Revenge & retribution? That's not what our justice system is supposed to be about. It's not an effective deterrent.

Source: 2011 OnTheIssues interview with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

Mandatory sentencing: ineffective & racially discriminatory

Q: What's your view on mandatory sentencing?

A: This has caused an explosion of our prison population, most of which are there for non-violent drug offenses. Mandatory sentencing has not been effective as a deterrent to crime. We can't afford it. The prison-industrial complex is making out like bandits, while very discriminatory injustice prevails. Vast number of African-American and Latinos are being locked up for minimal crimes. Lives and communities are being destroyed.

Source: 2011 OnTheIssues interview with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

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Page last updated: Oct 27, 2012