On the issues: 2020 candidates and criminal justice reform

Channel: NBC News
Published: 12/14/2019

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NBC News’ Lester Holt takes an in-depth look at where the 2020 candidates stand on the issue of criminal justice reform. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful news ...



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The race for 2020 is on so we're helping you keep track of the most important issues and where the candidates stand on them, issues like criminal justice reform. Now i know that's a broad issue: big umbrella, lots of issues under it, but big picture here. The candidates running in 2020, including president trump, are pretty much an agreement that reform needs to happen. They just differ on the spe ...
ifics. Most of the democratic candidates want to reform the bail system. Legalize marijuana reduce mandatory minimums and decriminalized border crossings. A few have taken stances on single issues like cory, booker on reforming drug laws and huli, and castro on using the federal housing system. As a means, forchange bernie sanders released a sweeping plan to reform the criminal justice system. It calls for abolishing for-profit prisons, reforming police and prison systems and ending mass incarceration there's also elizabeth warren who's called for the repeal the 1994 crime bill. But even though everyone is an agreement that the system needs reform, a few candidates will have to answer for their pasts, for example, michael bloomberg. As mayor of new york city. He supported, stop and frisk policing, which gave new york city police officers the authority to stop and search anyone they suspected of a crime.

According to the new york, civil liberties union stops peaked in 2011, while bloomberg was mayor, more than 600 85,000 stops thatyear and the majority of those stops involved. African-Americans and other young men of color. The nyc lu also found that nine out of ten stopped and frisked new yorkers were innocent. Bloomberg continued to be supportive of stop and frisk, even after a federal judge ruled it violated the constitutional rights of minorities. When he announced he was jumping into the presidential race years later, bloomberg apologized for stop and frisk. I didn't understand that back then the full impact that stops were having on the black and latino communities. I was wrong and i'm sorry now he says he wants to cut the amount of juveniles and adults who are incarcerated and invest in communities to prevent gunviolence. Then there's joe biden. His criminal justice plan emphasizes a shift from punishment to prevention, but remember that 1994 crime bill i mentioned biden, helped write it and some critics say it contributed to mass incarceration that disproportionately affected black americans. This notion that this is not tough. There are 60 new penalties in 60, new death penalties, brand-new 60. There are 70 additional enhancements of penalties.

Ie you go to jail longer. The former vp is also the only candidate who opposes legalizing marijuana at the federal level. For his part, president trump has made strides on criminal justice reform. He signed into law the first step act which aims to reduce sentences for federal inmates, convicted ofnonviolent drug offenses and so far has said, a few thousand people home from prison. So, where do americans stand on all this? According to a poll from 2018 three-quarters of americans think the criminal justice system needs significant improvements, so, as election day gets closer, we'll be keeping an eye on the issue and where the candidates stand. Hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.


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