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Libertarian Party: America Is Still Waiting for the Criminal Justice Reform that It Was Promised

The Libertarian Party released the following statement yesterday. Thank you to Paul Frankel for forwarding the statement to IPR.

Notably absent from President Biden’s State of the Union address was any sort of roadmap to meaningful criminal justice reform. He loudly promised Americans that he would drastically reduce the prison population and end the death penalty, but since he took office, he’s been eerily silent on the issue.

Why Aren’t We Surprised?

Biden’s failure to act on criminal justice reform may surprise some, but many Americans remember Senator Biden’s infamous crime bill.

A collaborative effort with the Association of Police Organizations, Biden drafted the Senate version of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The bill which was passed by a large margin and signed into law by President Clinton changed the face of the criminal justice system in the US. It was responsible for:

  • Expanding the federal death penalty;
  • Barring new classes of individuals from owning firearms;
  • Pulling Pell Grant money from poor, incarcerated men (mostly men of color), effectively taking away their ability to earn a college degree;
  • Incentivizing prisons for enforcing a mandatory incarceration period of at least 85% of a person’s sentence;
  • Implementing mandatory drug testing on those on federal probation and parole;
  • A federal assault weapons ban.

Upon the bill’s rollout, then-Senator Biden laughingly admitted in a press conference that the Association of Police Organizations wrote the bill. He merely signed his name to it.

Unarticulated to the public at the time, the real goal was to rid cities of “undesirables” or men of color… and it worked. The bill’s passage and implementation led to the mass incarceration of black and brown men across the United States.

America needs a criminal justice system that punishes the worst offenders but respects the rights to due process, the presumption of innocence, and a legal framework that leaves consenting adults to live free from punishment for victimless acts.

What the Democrats have demonstrated is that it is up to Libertarians to get it done.

Elected Libertarians across the country are having those conversations. Libertarian Candidates are making criminal justice reform a priority in their campaigns. Libertarian activists continue to put pressure on the 117th Congress and Joe Biden’s White House, letting them know that we need meaningful reform and we need it now.

4 Comments

  1. Andy Andy March 31, 2022

    I thought Paul Frankel quit politics. Why is he forwarding Libertarian Party press releases to Independent Political Report?

  2. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes March 31, 2022

    And how many elected Libertarians are there? Hundreds,,,? Thousands,,,?
    Oh, nevermind.
    We do not need criminal justice reform now.
    We need ANARCHY NOW!
    Oh, nevermind.

  3. Paul Paul April 1, 2022

    I quit making politics my life. It takes five seconds to forward an email. I’m on here today for April first.

  4. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes April 2, 2022

    No paulie. You never left. IPR.
    Maybe you left BAN.
    Maybe because Richard told you to.
    Because of garbage and gaslight comments.
    And maybe Austin told you no garbage or gaslight.
    But you still have a lot of access to IPR by using other names.
    Like William Saturn.
    Why don’t you give up?
    Start thinking about Sinai.

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