Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, also infamously known as Fauxcahontas, is now pushing to repeal the 1994 crime bill, and end cash bail.
She proposed these changes on Tuesday, stating that it is an unfair law and cash bail criminalizes poverty.
“It’s not equal justice when a kid with an ounce of pot can get thrown in jail, while a bank executive who launders money for a drug cartel can get a bonus. It’s long past time for us to reform our system,” she said.
The sweeping overhaul outlined by Warren includes several policies that other Democrats have also advocated, including ending the death penalty, decriminalizing offenses related to addiction and homelessness and requiring the use of more body cameras by police.
Warren called for repealing the 1994 crime bill, a bipartisan piece of legislation that Biden pushed as a senator at the time. Since it passed, the bill has been criticized for resulting in mass incarceration because the minimum mandatory sentences it established led to more black men being locked up.
Interestingly enough, this bill was co-created by her 2020 Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
“The 1994 crime bill’s mandatory minimums and ‘truth-in-sentencing’ provisions that require offenders to serve the vast majority of their sentences have not proven effective,” Warren added, “We should allow people to return to their jobs and families while they wait for trial, reserving preventive detention only for those cases that pose a true flight or safety risk,” Warren said.
Her push to "decriminalize poverty" is likely a ploy to relate to poorer parts of America, where she is trailing in the polls.
Warren tweeted last week that the criminal justice system is stacked against people, adding that "we must end cash bail, invest in public defenders and mental health treatment, and help formerly incarcerated people succeed."
Our criminal justice system is stacked against Tera’s family. She worries her brothers won’t be able to break the cycle of incarceration.
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— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 21, 2019