AOC: We Can Reduce Violent Crime And Lower Incarceration Rates If We Stop Building Jails

AOC: We Can Reduce Violent Crime And Lower Incarceration Rates If We Stop Building Jails


New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said at a press conference Thursday the U.S. should “stop building” jails if we want to reduce the inmate population.

“It is not acceptable for us to use jails as garbage bins for human beings. We need to treat people and see them as human,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “If we want to reduce violent crime, reduce the number of people in our jails, the answer is to stop building more of them.”

“The answer is to make sure we actually build more hospitals, we pay organizers, we get people mental health care,” she said.  “It’s to support communities, not throw them away.”

Rep. @AOC: “If we want to reduce the number of people in our jails, the answer is to stop building more of them … It’s to support communities, not throw them away.” pic.twitter.com/vj4BnNKEVV

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The press conference took place in New York City with Democrats

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