AOC’s answer to reducing violent crime? Stop building jails

AOC’s answer to reducing violent crime? Stop building jails

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged politicians to stop building more prisons to address violent crime and instead provide more hospital and counseling services to lawbreakers who are mentally ill.

Her comments drew immediate condemnation from her pro-law-and-order critics.

“If we want to reduce violent crime, if we want to reduce the number of people in our jails, the answer is to stop building more of them,’” Ocasio-Cortez said during a Bronx event Thursday.

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

The New York Rep. slammed jails as “garbage bins” for people who are actually suffering from mental health issues.

“When you actually open a door to a jail and look at who is inside an enormous amount of people are dealing with untreated mental health issues,” she said.

“It is not acceptable

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