The White House emphatically distanced President Joe Biden from a radical proposal from Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to close federal prisons.
“Let me be absolutely clear: The President does not support abolishing prisons,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday at the daily press briefing after she was asked about Tlaib’s proposal.
Tlaib recently defended her proposal in an interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, noting that many criminals in federal prison were suffering from mental illness.
“Obviously there’s a process of looking at how can we get away from mass incarceration, and move towards care first,” she said.
Psaki also distanced Biden from efforts to defund the police, despite the president himself saying during the 2020 campaign he would “absolutely”