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Where the top 2020 candidates stand on criminal justice reform
President Trump and his top Democratic rivals for the White House will take part in a forum on criminal justice reform at a historically black South Carolina college this weekend.
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May 24, 2011
President Trump and his top Democratic rivals for the White House in November 2020 will take part in...
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President Trump and his top Democratic rivals for the White House in November 2020 will take part in a forum on criminal justice reform at a historically black South Carolina college this weekend. The forum, at Benedict College, in Columbia, is aimed at tackling the next steps in reforming the U.S. criminal justice system after Trump last year signed bipartisan legislation that instituted a number of changes, including easing harsh minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. Trump is addressing the forum as a keynote speaker on Friday, when the topic is, "The Conservative Case for Criminal Justice Reform." Former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and seven other Democratic contenders will present their criminal justice plans over the weekend. Here is a look at the criminal justice platforms for the highest polling Democrats in the 18-candidate field, as well as Trump's record during his first term in office.


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August 29, 2019
Donald Trump signed into law the First Step Act, which reduced mandatory minimum sentences, required...
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G7 summit in Biarritz
Donald Trump signed into law the First Step Act, which reduced mandatory minimum sentences, required officials to try to place inmates in prisons near family, expanded drug treatment programs for prisoners and parolees, and allowed some federal prisoners to finish their sentences early with good behavior. The measure expanded a 2010 law that reduced higher penalties for possession of crack cocaine, used more by the poor and minorities, than for powder cocaine, used more by the wealthy and middle class. It also expanded programs to help at-risk youth and banned the use of restraints for prisoners who are pregnant or post-partum. At the behest of celebrity Kim Kardashian West, Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson, who had spent 21 years behind bars for a non-violent drug offense.


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USA-ELECTION/BIDEN
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October 23, 2019
Joe Biden, who served as vice president under former President Obama, has proposed eliminating prison...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Scranton
Joe Biden, who served as vice president under former President Obama, has proposed eliminating prison sentences for drug use, decriminalizing marijuana and eliminating sentencing disparities for offenses involving crack cocaine and powder cocaine. He also would eliminate the death penalty. He would end mandatory sentencing that takes discretion away from judges, eliminate private prisons and end the federal system of cash bail, under which defendants who cannot afford to pay must await trial in jail. Biden also has pledged to reform the juvenile justice system, including keeping youths from being incarcerated with adults. He would end incarceration for children who drink or engage in other behaviors that would be legal if they were older, such as truancy or curfew violations. He would work to eliminate barriers for felons re-entering society from prison, including restrictions on allowing them to receive food stamps, educational Pell grants and housing support. REUTERS/Photo credit: Mark Makela
USA-ELECTION/SANDERS
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October 19, 2019
Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, would push to enact numerous progressive reforms of the...
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"Bernie's Back" rally at Queensbridge Park in the Queens Borough of New York City
Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, would push to enact numerous progressive reforms of the criminal justice system, including banning for-profit prisons, abolishing the death penalty and tightening rules and penalties for police misconduct. He would end the system of requiring cash bail for defendants to avoid jail before they are convicted, a system he believes leads to locking up the poor at greater rates than the wealthy. Sanders' "justice and safety" plan would also end so-called "three strikes and you're out" laws, which mandate life sentences for people convicted of more than two felonies, even if the third crime is a relatively minor offense. Sanders says he will change the way police officers are deployed and trained, bringing in social workers or conflict negotiators to defuse potentially dangerous situations and mandating criminal charges against officers who engage in misconduct that results in a violation of someone's civil rights.


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October 11, 2019
Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would end prison sentences for drug possession and expand...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg looks on during...
Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would end prison sentences for drug possession and expand diversion programs aimed at keeping people with mental health and drug problems out of the criminal justice system. Buttigieg has pledged to eliminate racial inequities in jails and prisons, and improve rehabilitation services. He would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences, which take discretion from judges in imposing prison terms, and establish a clemency commission to commute sentences of people the commission believes have been incarcerated for too long. Along with his Democratic rivals, Buttigieg would eliminate private prisons and end the system of cash bail. He also opposes imprisoning people or suspending their drivers licenses for failing to pay fines and court costs.



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October 03, 2019
Kamala Harris, a U.S. senator from California, would restrict the legal use of deadly force by police,...
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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) responds to a question during a forum...
Kamala Harris, a U.S. senator from California, would restrict the legal use of deadly force by police, end the incarceration of juveniles in adult prisons and legalize marijuana at the federal level. Her proposals are part of a criminal justice platform that Harris says must hold wrongdoers accountable without veering toward what she calls an unjust system of mass incarceration and arrest that has harmed communities of color and the poor. Harris, a former district attorney and state attorney general, has pledged to end the use of private prisons and seek to improve efforts to rehabilitate violent offenders. Harris favors restricting the use of deadly force by police officers by allowing them to shoot subjects only when "necessary," rather than allowing it when "reasonable," the current standard in many states.

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USA-ELECTION/DEMOCRATS
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September 07, 2019
Andrew Yang, a businessman, would end the use of for-profit prisons. He would review sentencing laws...
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Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and entrepreneur Andrew Yang speaks at the New Hampshire...
Andrew Yang, a businessman, would end the use of for-profit prisons. He would review sentencing laws to bring prison terms in line with what data shows are effective. He also would realign drug policy so that treatment is emphasized rather than punishment. Yang has vowed to investigate racial disparities in the criminal justice system and to better fund programs aimed at reducing recidivism and aiding re-entry to society for people who have completed their terms.



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June 21, 2019
Beto O'Rourke, the former congressman from Texas believes the country's current criminal justice system...
Miami, UNITED STATES
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks on stage at the Presidential Candidate...
Beto O'Rourke, the former congressman from Texas believes the country's current criminal justice system is "built on structural racism," leading people of color to be disproportionately incarcerated. The roots of mass incarceration can be found in an economy that leaves black families poorer, less likely to have good medical coverage and more broadly disadvantaged than whites, O'Rourke says. Like most of his Democratic rivals, O'Rourke says as president he would decriminalize marijuana, end the system of cash bail and ban the use of private and for-profit prison systems. He would increase funding for public defenders, the lawyers who provide legal services for people who cannot afford to defend themselves when accused of crimes. O'Rourke has also promised to improve rehabilitation and re-entry programs for people who have been incarcerated.
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September 07, 2019
Amy Klobuchar, a U.S. senator from Minnesota, has built her criminal justice proposals around a call...
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Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks at the New Hampshire...
Amy Klobuchar, a U.S. senator from Minnesota, has built her criminal justice proposals around a call for a stronger system of granting clemency for people who have been convicted of crimes. Pointing to inmates who were sentenced to life terms for first-time drug offenses and others who were unfairly incarcerated, she says she would create a clemency advisory board and a position of adviser in the White House on criminal justice issues. Klobuchar, a former prosecutor, would also further reform the system of requiring mandatory minimum sentences for many crimes. Mandatory minimum sentences were encoded in law as part of "tough-on crime" efforts in the 1980s and 1990s. They are believed to have resulted in a ballooning of the U.S. prison population and had a disproportionate effect on defendants of color. Klobuchar also has called for reforming the cash bail system.


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October 05, 2019
Cory Booker, a U.S. senator from New Jersey, would extend clemency to inmates convicted of non-violent...
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Democratic presidential candidate New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker attends the SEIU's Unions for All summit...
Cory Booker, a U.S. senator from New Jersey, would extend clemency to inmates convicted of non-violent drug offenses, continuing an effort to shorten such sentences that he began as a lawmaker. Booker also would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge the records of people convicted of cannabis-related crimes. He would end mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. He would eliminate sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine, noting that harsher sentences for crack cocaine disproportionately affect defendants of color. Like many of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Booker has decried the War on Drugs, saying it has led the United States to incarcerate more of its people than any other nation and has particularly harmed minority and disadvantaged communities. Booker, who is African-American, would ban employers from asking whether job-seekers had ever been arrested as an initial question on an employment application.



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August 10, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii, vows to reform the U.S. criminal justice system by seeking...
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2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks during the Presidential...
Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii, vows to reform the U.S. criminal justice system by seeking alternatives to incarceration, legalizing marijuana and banning private prisons, positions that are similar to those held by the leading Democratic candidates. She has current laws, noting that the United States locks up people for smoking marijuana but did not bring criminal charges against Purdue Pharma, which makes the opioid drug OxyContin at the center of the deadly U.S. opioid epidemic.


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USA-ELECTION/IOWA
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August 11, 2019
Tom Steyer, a billionaire former hedge fund manager and political activist, reflects the views of most...
Des Moines, UNITED STATES
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer attends the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines
Tom Steyer, a billionaire former hedge fund manager and political activist, reflects the views of most progressive Democrats on criminal justice. He decries the prison system as racist and promises to work to eliminate private prisons, end cash bail and reduce the prison population. He supports better training to reduce police brutality and more funding for public defenders. Steyer also has vowed to improve rehabilitation and workforce readiness programs for those in prison so they can better integrate into society once they are released. He supports the legalization of marijuana. REUTERS/Photo credit: Eric Thayer
USA-ELECTION/CASTRO
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October 07, 2019
Julian Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, and secretary of Housing and Urban Development under...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro addresses the media in Brownsville...
Julian Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, and secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama, would legalize marijuana and expunge the records of those previously convicted of using the drug. He would end the death penalty and make it no longer a crime to enter the United States by crossing its border without permission. In his "People First Policing Plan," Castro says he would "end over-aggressive policing and combat racially discriminatory policing," in part by banning the use of deadly force unless there is an imminent threat to human life. Castro would end the use of private prisons. He would raise the age to be considered a juvenile offender from 18 to 21 and develop community programs aimed at preventing young people from entering the criminal justice system in the first place. He would eliminate the use of mandatory minimum sentencing, returning discretion to judges.

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