During a recent press conference, Progressive lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called for the closing of jails, arguing it will reduce violent crime.
“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,” AOC said.
“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,” she continued.
“Our complete gutting of support in our mental health system both in this city and across the country is absolutely correlated with both homelessness and incidents of violent crime,” she added.