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Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., revealed, perhaps unintentionally, in a new interview that she doesn’t necessarily support the details of the bill she supported last year, which would end federal prisons over the course of 10 years. Will do, acknowledging that there are some people out there who are legitimately behind bars.

during a Interview Tlaib was pressured to support her, with Axios reporter Jonathan Swann on Monday breath act, which calls on the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services to create a “roadmap to prison abolition” that includes “complete dismantling of federal detention facilities within 10 years” and “a moratorium on all new federal prisons, prisons” . , immigrant and youth detention construction.”


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“To what extent have you wrestled to release any potential downsides of releasing every single person currently in a federal prison to society?” Hans asked the Congressman.

“Yeah, I think everyone’s like, ‘Oh my god, we’re all going to be released,'” Tlaib said. “That’s not who I am-“

“That’s what the Act says,” retorted Hans.

“Yeah, but did you see how many people are mentally ill who are in jail right now,” Tlaib argued.

“No, I know,” said Hans. “But the act you supported actually says release everyone in 10 years. … Human trafficking, child sex are like [predators], Do you mean you don’t really support it? Because you supported the bill.”

Tlaib argued that many prisoners are mentally ill or struggling with substance abuse issues and that those should be rehabilitated rather than imprisoned.

“Why aren’t you asking me about them?” he asked Hans. “You’re asking me about human traffickers and others who should be held accountable.”

“What I’m trying to understand is why your proposal is so broad,” said Hans. “It releases everyone.”

“Oh yeah, within 10 years,” Tlaib replied. “Obviously it’s a process to see how we can move away from mass incarceration and towards first care.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib leaves a meeting of Progressive House Democrats at the Capitol on October 28, 2021.  (Drew Anger/Getty Images)

“Do you believe that there are still categories of people who should be behind bars?” Hans asked.

“Absolutely,” replied Tlaib. “I don’t think there’s any rehabilitation happening right now for people who may actually have … mental health issues.”

“Do you think all people can be rehabilitated?” Hans asked.

“I don’t think so. I’m very clear about it,” Tlaib replied.

She later said, “I’ll have to look at each case separately and find out.” “Not everyone is the same in prison.”

Reps.  Ilhan Omar (from left), Ayana Pressley and Rashida Tlaib listen during a news conference on September 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Tim Evans/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Tlaib’s comments prompted Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.C. who fired a tweet thread saying that the congressman’s proposal is a more “radical” implementation of “defiance of the police.”

“Weirdly, Congresswoman Tlaib has had a hard time convincing Congress to follow her lead in clearing prisons,” the senator wrote. “However, the Taliban jumped at the idea. When they occupied Afghanistan they were the first to vacate all prisons – including releasing the terrorists.

“What’s likely to go wrong?” He asked. “And why didn’t the media bring up this proposal during the 2020 presidential campaign?”