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Kamala Harris Proposes Massive Criminal Justice Reform; Here’s What It Includes

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A really big, important issue that we as Americans really don’t seem to be discussing enough right now is that of criminal justice reform. Our current justice system is a wreck and that’s putting it mildly.

Many of the things folks go to prison for are first offenses and of such a minor nature that the punishment almost seems to border on cruel and unusual. Those who should be tossed in the clink for their crimes — or receive the death penalty — seem to get off with a slap on the wrist.

Things are backwards and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris seems to think she has the answers. Harris has proposed a rather sweeping criminal justice reform platform that includes legalization of marijuana.

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Harris said that she would strive to “End Mass Incarceration and Invest Resources into Evidence and Community-Based Programs that Reduce Crime and Help Build Safe and Healthy Communities.”

She said she would do this by legalizing marijuana, initiating sentencing reforms, ending money bail (which she said unfairly allows wealthy people to post bail while keeping poorer prisoners locked up), clearing the rape kit backlog (more than 100,000 rape kits are sitting untested across the country), and ending private prisons.

She also proposed placing a sales tax on marijuana and using the money to provide “services to individuals most adversely impacted by the War on Drugs.” In addition to prosecuting cases of marijuana use as California’s attorney general, Harris opposed marijuana legalisation when she was a district attorney in San Francisco.

In a tweet thread on Monday, Harris said her “plan will transform our country’s broken criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration, holding law enforcement accountable, ensuring those in the system are given dignity, and getting profit out of the equation.”

It’s not that much of a stretch to say that the war on drugs has been a huge failure. There’s more drug use than ever and prisons are overflowing with individuals who aren’t violent offenders, but individuals with drug addiction problems.

This might sound incredibly libertarian-ish, but the truth is, a lot of these folks shouldn’t be in prison. That should be reserved for violent offenders and those who absolutely need to be removed from society for the safety of others all around them.

What the exact solution to this problem is, I have no idea. I don’t think it’s a wise idea to legalize all drugs. However, something needs to be done differently and sentencing changes are definitely part of that.

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‘Say Their Names’ & ‘Liberation’ Among Messages NBA Players Can Wear On Jerseys (Details)

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The NFL is set to play the “Black National Anthem” before all week one games kickoff this upcoming season. The NBA has already said it will paint “Black Lives Matter” on courts. But they’re not stopping there. Check this out, per ESPN: The National Basketball Players Association and the NBA reached an agreement Friday on social justice messages that can be displayed above the numbers on the backs of jerseys when the league resumes play July 30, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated. The list of the suggested social messages that were agreed upon by the NBPA and the NBA and then made available to players via email, per the source, are: Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor. […] After the first four nights, a player can simply go back to their last name. If they choose to continue showing a social message, their name would go below the number. Check out the thoughts of this former ESPN reporter on the George Floyd rioters and looters, via Sporting News: Palmer was offering his thoughts on the protests across the United States in the wake of George Floyd’s death. On Thursday night, Palmer quote-tweeted a photo of a burning building with the caption, “Burn that s— down. Burn it all down.” But shortly after midnight on Sunday, Palmer had a change of tone once protesters showed up closer to where he lived. Here’s Palmer’s deleted tweet: And here’s the follow-up (screenshotted, in case he deletes…

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Nearly 10,000 Chinese Nationals Entered US After Trump Banned Travel Over COVID-19

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From Fox News: According to a recent report by The Associated Press, citing data it obtained regarding travel from the U.S. Commerce Department, as many as 8,000 Chinese nationals and foreign residents of Hong Kong and Macao have entered the U.S. over the last three months. More than 600 flights brought in travelers from these areas after Trump announced his travel ban in late January and it was enacted Feb. 2. CONTINUED: Trump’s initial travel ban included any non-U.S. travelers coming from China, and excluded anyone coming from Hong Kong or Macau in late January. Travelers from Hong Kong and Macao also did not face the same scrutiny or screening processes as Americans or any foreign nationals coming into the U.S. after having been in Wuhan — where the coronavirus outbreak started. VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS03OzOtvuo&feature=emb_title WATCH: https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/1245138898772045824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1245138898772045824&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fdr-birx-any-lack-of-preparation-due-to-significant-amount-of-missing-data-from-china VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG_FzeQxEdE VIDEO: https://twitter.com/zlj517/status/1238112688816848896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1238112688816848896&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fdailycaller.com%2F2020%2F03%2F12%2Fchina-wuhan-trump-cdc-redfield-coronavirus%2F https://twitter.com/HillelNeuer/status/1245890358342553603?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1245890358342553603&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Funwatch.org%2Fchina-joins-u-n-human-rights-panel-will-help-pick-experts-on-free-speech-health-arbitrary-detention%2F https://twitter.com/UNWatch/status/1245891526892363776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1245891526892363776&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftherightscoop.com%2Funbelievable-china-joins-united-nations-human-rights-group-despite-unleashing-global-pandemic%2F

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