Bernie Sanders 1991 This Is Not A Crime Prevention Bill This Is A Punishment Bill
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“I thank the gentleman for yielding time to me. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to the McCollum amendment and, in fact, in strong opposition to this so-called crime prevention bill. Mr. Speaker, let us be honest. This is not a crime prevention bill. This is a punishment bill, a retribution bill, a vengeance bill. All over the industrialized world now, countries are saying, Let us put an end to state murder; let us stop capital punishment. But here what we are talking about is more and more capital punishment. What we are discussing now is an issue where some of our friends are saying, we are not getting tough enough on the criminals.” [Sanders Floor Speech, ⦁ 10/22/91]
“But my friends, we have the highest percentage of people in America in jail per capita of any industrialized nation on Earth. We’ve beaten South Africa. We’ve beaten the Soviet Union. What do we have to do, put half the country behind bars? Mr. Speaker, instead of talking about punishment and vengeance, let us have the courage to talk about the real issue: how do we get to the root causes of crime. How do we stop crime, which is in fact a very, very serious problem in this country? And Mr. Speaker, I’ve got a problem. I’ve got a problem with a President and a Congress which allows 5 million children to go hungry, 2 million people to sleep out on the streets, cities that become breeding grounds for drugs and violence, and they say we are getting tough on crime. If you want to get tough on crime, let’s deal with the causes of crime. Let’s demand that every man, woman, and child in this country have a decent opportunity and a decent standard of living. Let’s not keep putting poor people into jail and disproportionately punishing blacks. I thank you. ” [Sanders Floor Speech, ⦁ 10/22/91]
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