Talk for Article "Jeff Sessions and ‘tough-on-crime’ Republicans fight prison sentencing reform"

Talk about this Article

  1. [ This comment is from a user you have muted ] (show)

    Another interesting facet of this story is the money involved. Prison sentencing reform has a negative economic impact to the for-profit prison industry. Six of the eleven republican (and four of the ten democrats) currently serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee are among the top 20 recipients of campaign contributions to senators made by for-profit prison industry. This becomes another example of the power of money in politics.

    Sources:
    For-profit Prisons contributions to campaigns:
    https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/recips.php?ind=G7000&recipdetail=S&sortorder=U&mem=Y&cycle=2018

    Senate Judiciary Committee members:
    https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_Senate_Committee_on_the_Judiciary

    1. [ This comment is from a user you have muted ] (show)

      This is fantastic, Creighton. Anyway you can help me shape this story?

      1. [ This comment is from a user you have muted ] (show)

        I can try. How can I help?

        1. [ This comment is from a user you have muted ] (show)

          I’ll get back to you with specific ideas. If you have the time, you should start a story on this.

  2. [ This comment is from a user you have muted ] (show)

    It would be useful to discuss the global context of falling crime rates in developed countries, and how the regimes in the Nordics and Netherlands are seeing substantial changes to their prison demographics. The point here is that prison population is now being driven largely by politics and harsh sentencing, rather than because long sentences are required to tackle crime. There is also quite a lot of evidence that debunks the Republican viewpoint that prison / long sentences = less crime, the two are not correlated.

    1. [ This comment is from a user you have muted ] (show)

      Hi Ali- So you suggest that we talk about crime as a global downward trend?

    2. [ This comment is from a user you have muted ] (show)

      Would it be helpful Ali do to a piece looking at several varied countries, including Nordic and Netherlands and compare and contrast who their different sentencing policies translate into reoffending rates? Would that be something you’d be interested in collaborating on?

Subscribe to our newsletter

Be the first to collaborate on our developing articles

WikiTribune Open menu Close Search Like Back Next Open menu Close menu Play video RSS Feed Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Youtube Connect with us on Linkedin Connect with us on Discord Email us