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Clinton’s Criminal Justice Double Speak

- October 30, 2015

Today Clinton Is Giving The Keynote Address At The Charleston NAACP’s 98th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet. “Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will serve Friday as keynote speaker at the Charleston NAACP’s 98th annual Freedom Fund Banquet.” (Christina Elmore, “Clinton To Speak Friday At Charleston NAACP Annual Fundraiser,” The Post And Courier, 10/24/15)

CLINTON SPOKE OUT AGAINST PRIVATE PRISONS WHILE ACCEPTING MONEY FROM THEIR LOBBYISTS

Clinton Spoke Out Against Corporate Prisons During A Campaign Speech In May 2015 In Las Vegas: “That’s Not The Way We Should Be Running Any Detention Facility.” “’I'm not sure a lot of Americans know that a lot of the detention facilities for immigrants are run by private companies,’ Clinton said. ‘They have a built-in incentive to fill them up, that there is actually a legal requirement that so many beds be filled. So people go out and round up people in order to get paid on a per-bed basis. I mean that just makes no sense at all to me. That's not the way we should be running any detention facility.’” (Tierney Sneed, “Clinton Criticizes Immigrant Detention Under Obama,” U.S. News & World Report, 5/23/15)

A Month After Clinton Spoke Out Against Private Prisons, She Hired One Of Their Lobbyists And Accepted Their Money

In June 2015 Clinton’s Campaign Hired Prominent Lobbyist Jeffrey Berman Who Has Lobbied For America’s Second Largest Corporate Prison Company, Geo Group. “’Hillary Clinton has hired a former lobbyist for the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline,’ The New Republic's Rebecca Leber wrote last month, ‘further upsetting environmentalists who have long been wary of her commitment to fighting climate change.’ Berman worked for a host of other corporate clients during his years at Bryan Cave, which he left earlier this year to set up his own public affairs shop. According to the Senate's lobbying disclosure database, Berman influence-peddled for SeaWorld, Gogo (the inflight wifi company formerly known as Aircell), the GEO Group(America's second-largest private prison corporation), and FedEx.” (Patrick Caldwell, Clinton’s Top Aides Have Lobbied For Companies Liberals Despise,” Mother Jones, 7/8/15)

Clinton Has Accepted Campaign Contributions Tied To Lobbyists From Two Corporate Prison Companies: Correctional Corporation Of America And The Geo Group. “[Advocacy Group] United We Dream… asked Clinton to drop donations from lobbyists tied to Corrections Corporation of America and the Geo Group, two private prison organizations. ‘You say you stand w/ immigrants yet take money from corporations that profit off our incarceration,’ Jassiel Perez, an organizer for the group, tweeted after the protest.” (Dan Merica, “Immigration Group’s Protester Heckles Hillary Clinton,” CNN, 10/8/15)

Clinton Bundler Richard Sullivan Is A Registered Lobbyist For Private Prison Corporation Geo Group. “Richard Sullivan, of the lobbying firm Capitol Counsel, is a bundler for the Clinton campaign, bringing in $44,859 in contributions in a few short months. Sullivan is also a registered lobbyist for the Geo Group, a company that operates a number of jails, including immigrant detention centers, for profit.” (Lee Fang, “Private Prison Lobbyists Are Raising Cash For Hillary Clinton,” The Intercept, 7/23/15)

  • Between April 1, 2015 And June 30, 2015 Richard Sullivan Of Capitol Counsel Bundled $44,859 For Hillary Clinton’s Campaign. (Federal Election Commission, Accessed 10/23/15)
  • Between July 1, 2015 And September 30, 2015 Richard Sullivan Of Capitol Counsel Bundled $205,528 For Hillary Clinton’s Campaign. (Federal Election Commission, Accessed 10/23/15)

Five Clinton Bundlers Lobbied For Corrections Corporation Of America. “Five Clinton bundlers work for the lobbying and law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison company in America, paid Akin Gump $240,000 in lobbying fees last year. The firm also serves as a law firm for the prison giant, representing the company in court.” (Lee Fang, “Private Prison Lobbyists Are Raising Cash For Hillary Clinton,” The Intercept, 7/23/15)

Only After Being Caught By Black Lives Matter Protestors And Other Advocacy Groups Did Clinton Promise To Return Donations

Pressured By Black Lives Matter Movement And Other Advocacy Groups Clinton Declared She Will Not Accept Money From Corporate Prison PACs Or Lobbyists And Will Donate Any Previous Contributions To Charity. “Hillary Clinton has agreed to stop accepting contributions from federally registered lobbyists and PACs for private prison companies, her campaign staff confirmed with Fusion early Friday morning. The campaign has promised to donate any previous direct contributions from private prison lobbyists to charity… [Rashad Robinson, executive director of the online civil rights group ColorOfChange] said the Clinton campaign agreed to stop taking contributions from private prison lobbyists after a lot of ‘substantive and open conversations.’ He noted other civil rights and immigrant rights groups pressured Clinton, including Black Lives Matter, Get Equal, Presente, and United We Dream.” (Jorge Rivas, “Hillary Clinton To Stop Accepting Money From Private Prison Lobbyists,” Fusion, 10/23/15)

NOW THAT CLINTON IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, SHE IS TURNING AGAINST HER OWN STRICT LAW ENFORCEMENT LEGACY

Clinton Said “I’m Not Sure I Agree” When Asked By Black Lives Matter Protesters If The Tough-On-Crime Policies Of The 1990s Didn’t Work Before Conceding That “A Lot Of What Was Tried” Failed. CLINTON: “Now, I’m not sure I agree with you. I’m not sure I disagree that any kind of government action often has consequences. And certainly, the War on Drugs, which was started back in the ‘80s, has had consequences. Increasing penalties for crime and ‘three strikes and you’re out,’ and all of those kinds of actions have consequences… Now, I do think that a lot of what was tried and how it was implemented has not produced the kinds of outcomes that any of us would want.” (Darren Sands, “#BlackLivesMatter Boston Releases First Videos Of Exchange With Clinton,” Buzzfeed, 8/18/15)

Before Officially Declaring Her Candidacy, Clinton Began To Try And Create Distance From Her Own Legacy Building The Current Criminal Justice System. “‘Each of us has to grapple with some hard truths about race and justice in America. Because despite all the progress we’ve made together, African-Americans, and most particularly, African-American men, are still more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charge with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms,’ she said.” (Alex Seitz-Wald, “Hillary Clinton Takes On ‘Hard Truths About Race And Justice,’” MSNBC, 12/4/14)

Not Only Did Her Husband Campaign On Being Tough On Crime, But Clinton Herself Actively Lobbied For Crime Laws That Saw A Massive Increase In The Number Of Prisoners

In 1994 Annual Women In Policing Event, Clinton Said Advocated For “More Prisons,” Three-Strikes Sentencing, And “More Police.” CLINTON: ““We need more police, we need more and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders. The ‘three-strikes-and-you’re-out’ for violent offenders has to be part of the plan. We need more prisons to keep violent offenders for as long as it takes to keep them off the streets.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Annual Women In Policing, New York, NY, 8/10/94)

Clinton’s Husband Attacked Said He Wanted “To Be Tough On Crime” And Attacked President Bush For Being “Soft.”  “Mr. Clinton said the President was guilty of inaction on crime because he had said he would not sign handgun legislation unless it was part of a Republican-crafted legislative package, and he accused the President of talking tough on crime to divide America. ‘We cannot take our country back until we take our neighborhoods back,’ the Governor said as thousands of onlookers cheered. ‘Four years ago this crime issue was used to divide America. I want to use it to unite America. I want to be tough on crime and good for civil rights. You can't have civil justice without order and safety.’” (Gwen Ifill, “The Democrats; Clinton, In Houston Speech, Assails Bush On Crime Issue,” The New York Times, 7/24/92)

  • Under President Clinton, The Federal And State Prison Population Increased More Than Under Any Other President In History, More Than The Previous Two Presidents Combined. “The federal and state prison populations rose more under former President Bill Clinton than under any other president, according to a report from a criminal justice institute to be released today. In fact, the analysis of U.S. Justice Department statistics by the left-leaning Justice Policy Institute, a project of a San Francisco-based justice center, found that more federal inmates were added to prisons under Clinton than under presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan combined.(Greg Krikorian, “Federal And State Prison Populations Soared Under Clinton, Report Finds,” Los Angeles Times, 2/19/01)

Clinton Was A Prominent Supporter Of Her Husband’s Omnibus Crime Bill, Calling It A “Well-Thought Out Crime Bill That Is Both Smart And Tough.” “As first lady, Clinton helped push the omnibus crime bill in public, calling it a "well-thought out crime bill that is both smart and tough" in a 1994 interview.” (Jeremy Diamond, “Bill Clinton Concedes Role In Mass Incarceration,” CNN, 5/7/15)

  • Now Her Husband Admits That His Signature Crime Deal Was A Mistake. “President Bill Clinton on Wednesday conceded that over-incarceration in the United States stems in part from policies passed under his administration. Clinton signed into law an omnibus crime bill in 1994 that included the federal "three strikes" provision, mandating life sentences for criminals convicted of a violent felony after two or more prior convictions, including drug crimes. On Wednesday, Clinton acknowledged that policy's role in over-incarceration in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.” (Jeremy Diamond, “Bill Clinton Concedes Role In Mass Incarceration,” CNN, 5/7/15)

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