Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took things to a new level of idiocrasy on Monday by calling for the abolition of prisons nationwide.
The freshman Democratic congresswoman from New York took to twitter to call for the end of prisons altogether.
Ocasio-Cortez called for “a real conversation about decarceration [and] prison abolition in this country,” adding: “A cage is a cage is a cage. And humans don’t belong in them.”
Fox News Contributor Lawrence Jones – a criminal justice reform activist – said that this is the new state of the left, adding that AOC calling for violent criminals to be released is a bad look for a bi-partisan issue which has gained a lot of traction recently and could harm the movement significantly.
He pointed out that the Trump admin just passed the first step act which allows for the revisiting of a lot of prison sentences. Apparently that’s not nearly enough for the Democrats, who want murderers to run free.
“Prison abolition” is a radical left-wing movement to abolish prisons altogether—including 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.”
“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. “To end it, we have to change. That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country.”
“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,” she added. “A cage is a cage is a cage. And humans don’t belong in them.”
Jones pointed out that that many of Ocasio’s comments were not factual, pointing out that they were stretched to garner more attention. Jones says that AOC fails to mention that in prison, the toilet and the water fountain are connected together.
According to research by the Manhattan Institute’s Rafael A. Mangual, 60% of the inmates in state prisons—which house the overwhelming majority of prisoners across the country—”are serving time for murder, rape, assault, robbery, or burglary—four times the number convicted only of drug offenses.”
“We have more than enough room to close many of our prisons and explore just alternatives to incarceration,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Our lawmaking process means we come to solutions together, [and] either way we should work to an end where our prison system is dramatically smaller than it is today,” she added.
“There are a lot of us that are fighting the good fight to change that, but we cant have violent offenders, people that are a risk to society out running and roaming the streets,” Jones said in response.
He concluded that AOC is trying to give red meat out to her base concluding that the district which she represents is one of the most highly effected areas and they don’t want all of those criminals out on the street either.
This could be the move that finally alienates voters enough to lose her the next election.