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https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/18/bernie-sanders-criminal-justice-overhaul-proposal-1466995

Bernie Sanders, who was criticized by liberal activists in 2016 for not focusing more on racial injustice, is unveiling a sweeping plan on Sunday aimed at slashing the country’s prison population in half and ridding the criminal justice system of “institutional racism and corporate profiteering.”

The ambitious, nearly 6,000-word proposal seeks to overhaul the nation’s prisons, police departments, courts, drug laws and treatment of mentally ill people with a full-throated progressive agenda. Sanders’ left-wing allies have argued that he has “evolved” in recent years on the issue of criminal justice.

The plan calls for banning cash bail, solitary confinement and civil asset forfeiture, which allows law enforcement officials to seize people’s homes and other property even if they are not convicted of a crime. It also looks to legalize marijuana and abolish the death penalty, a practice that Sanders has long opposed.

The Vermont senator would legalize “safe injection sites” where people can use illegal drugs under medical supervision, a controversial practice that has been shown in several studies to curb overdose deaths.

Sanders’ proposal promises that any time a police officer kills a civilian, his Attorney General will conduct an investigation. He would also establish a “Prisoner Bill of Rights,” create a “civilian corps of unarmed first responders” to deal with mental health emergencies, and boost funding for public defenders.

The proposal comes as Sanders is making a two-day swing through South Carolina, the first state in the nation where African-Americans cast a majority of votes in the primary. Former Vice President Joe Biden has dominated the Southern state in recent surveys, with Sanders typically polling behind him in a distant second.

Sanders’ campaign said he will outline his new criminal justice plan in a speech this afternoon at a town hall in the Greenview neighborhood of Columbia.

“If we stand together, we can eliminate private prisons and detention centers. No more profiteering from locking people up,” Sanders is expected to say, according to a copy of his planned remarks. “If we stand together, we can end the disastrous War on Drugs. If we stand together, we can end cash bail. No more keeping people in jail because they’re too poor. If we stand together, we can enact real police department reform and prosecute police brutality.”

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/sanders-criminal-justice-plan-aims-to-cut-prison-population/2019/08/18/27bc499a-c1bd-11e9-8bf7-cde2d9e09055_story.html

“A very significant number of people who are behind bars today are dealing with one form or another of illness,” Sanders said. “These should be treated as health issues, not from a criminal perspective.”

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness , 2 million people with mental illness are booked into jails annually.

Taking aim at what his proposal calls “for-profit prison profiteering,” Sanders would ban private prisons, make prison phone calls and other inmate communications free, and audit prison commissaries for price gouging and fees.

The plan would legalize marijuana and expunge previous marijuana convictions, and end a cash bail system that Sanders says keeps hundreds of thousands who have not been convicted of a crime languishing in jail because they cannot afford bail.

“Can you believe that, in the year 2019, 400,000 people are in jail awaiting a trial because they are poor?” Sanders said. “That is a moral outrage, it is a legal outrage.”

According to the Prison Policy Initiative , more than 460,000 people are being held in local jails around the country while they await trial, with a median bail amount of $10,000 for felony offenses.

Sanders said that over the long term, his plan will save the public money because of reductions to overall incarceration costs.

“It will cost money but it will pay for itself many, many times over,” Sanders said. “Locking people up is very, very expensive.”

magsview

Grabbed a screenshot a few hours ago of my twitter timeline, three posts in a row regarding Bernie’s criminal justice platform, with Bernie’s tweet in the middle-this announcement made an impact (remember that I follow almost 5,000 accounts, so having three in a row about ONE thing I think is indicative). Click on pic to see what I mean.

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Bidencare for all 🙁

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https://www.politico.com/interactives/2019/joe-biden-online-fundraising-actblue/

Joe Biden raised $4.6 million online on his first day in the 2020 presidential race, surprising doubters who thought the former vice president couldn’t run a modern campaign. But since then Biden’s online fundraising has tumbled — looking more like flash-in-the-pan opponent Beto O’Rourke than top-tier rivals like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.

More than 60 percent of the $13.2 million Biden has raised online came in the first week of his campaign, which launched in late April, according to a POLITICO analysis of data from the Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue. While other top candidates spiked early and then gradually raised more money online as the 2020 campaign has carried on, Biden’s pattern is similar to O’Rourke, who roared into the race with millions raised in his first day but has trickled off since then, watching his standing in the polls erode as the people who flocked to his 2018 Texas Senate campaign stop mashing the “donate” button with every email.

Unlike O’Rourke, Biden has enjoyed a steady stream of high-dollar, in-person events with big donors to bolster his finances, putting him among the top Democratic fundraisers in 2020. But the online totals are a sign that Biden has not built enthusiastic grassroots support for his presidential campaign, despite his lead in the polls.

Bernie Sanders is a force to reckon with online: He’s brought in $33.7 million via ActBlue this year, making him the biggest online fundraiser in the Democratic presidential primary.

Sanders’ power day: the 19th of every month
Sanders raises hundreds of thousands of dollars on the 19th of every month thanks to a Netflix subscription-style recurring donation program he encourages for his campaign donors. On June 19, for example, 31,000 donors contributed $391,000 to the Sanders campaign.

In total, Democratic donors made 1.1 million contributions to presidential candidates in the last 10 days of the month, according to ActBlue. During the last five days of the quarter, which included the first Democratic debates and three days following them, Sanders raised the most money online of any candidate ($4.2 million), followed by Harris ($3.4 million), Warren ($3.2 million), Buttigieg ($3.1 million) and Biden ($816,000).

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Mass Media’s Phony Freakout Over Bernie’s WaPo Criticism Is Backfiring

https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/mass-medias-phony-freakout-over-bernie-s-wapo-criticism-is-backfiring-f97d9c6272f8

After days of ridiculous, hysterical garment rending by mass media talking heads in response to Senator Bernie Sanders’ utterly undeniable assertion that The Washington Post has displayed unfair bias against his campaign, people with extensive experience in the mainstream press who are fed up with the lies are beginning to push back. Hard.

Former MSNBC producer Jeff Cohen has published an article in Salon titled “Memo to mainstream journalists: Can the phony outrage; Bernie is right about bias”. Cohen details his experience with the way corporate media outlets keep a uniform pro-establishment narrative running throughout all their coverage without their staff having to be directly told to to do this by their supervisors (though sometimes that happens, too). He writes as follows:

“It happens because of groupthink. It happens because top editors and producers know — without being told — which issues and sources are off limits. No orders need be given, for example, for rank-and-file journalists to understand that the business of the corporate boss or top advertisers is off-limits, short of criminal indictments.

“No memo is needed to achieve the narrowness of perspective — selecting all the usual experts from all the usual think tanks to say all the usual things. Think Tom Friedman. Or Barry McCaffrey. Or Neera Tanden. Or any of the elite club members who’ve been proven to be absurdly wrong time and again about national or global affairs.”

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi has also jumped in to push back against the absurd denials of bias from the establishment media, publishing a new article titled “The Campaign Press: Members of the 10 Percent, Reporting for the One Percent — Media companies run by the country’s richest people can’t help but project the mindset of their owners.” Taibbi, an award-winning journalist with lots of experience in the news media industry, writes that pro-establishment narratives are advanced in mainstream press not because some explicit order is handed down by a media-owning oligarch, but because “We all know what takes will and will not earn attaboys in newsrooms.”

There is more at the provided link.

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Remember that this is a parody site.😁

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woo hoo !

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Meanwhile behind the scenes and something that will never see the light of day in the MSM.

I guess that this is a good thing.😉😁

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Benny

He could run against Trump in the GOP primary, but it appears the Log Cabin R’s have decided to back Trump this time around, They did not last time.

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It will be interesting to see what happens next.

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#1619Project

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the link on top is if you cannot access the nyt.

jcitybone

This is what the mainstream press can do well.

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I would like one of those cards.😁😎👏

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I just noticed this part!

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beat me to it 🙌🦜🦜

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😀 surprised.

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when you’re feeling down

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Can’t blame this on antifa!

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Just a bit of snark here. Well maybe quite a bit. LOL

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