An interesting article came across my Twitter feed earlier today. The article is titled, “Criminal Justice Reform Is Proving a Tricky Subject for Many of These 2020 Democrats,” written by Josiah Bates.
Since criminal justice reform is a topic that I have been passionate about for almost 10 years, it takes me roughly 60 seconds to spit out a response to whomever my audience is. On the flip side it takes me a few hours to articulate an impersonal response….it’s been a few hours, so here goes.
The article reads;
“For candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, it’s their past record of voting for tough-on-crime legislation. For others, like South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, it’s their current oversight of troubled police departments. And for former prosecutors, like California Sen. Kamala Harris and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, it’s their own records of putting people behind bars.”
Additionally, the article goes on to say;
“Few candidates face as serious an obstacle as Biden, who literally helped write the law. As a senator from Delaware in the 1990s, he long took-credit for his role in crafting the 1994 crime bill signed by President Bill Clinton.
Well, I agree.
However, this change in belief makes Joe a normal human being. As a human being that was raised with values and common sense, it is our birthright to grow, evolve, and mature mentally.
Biden’s stance on crime control was unfortunately in line with how the world turned, 25 years ago. America was all about cracking down on crime and locking up repeat offenders. That is, until 25 years of data revealed a major and often times life changing flaw with the justice system.
Joe B has since expressed regret for his previous perspective on how to effectively deal with offenders, and repeat offenders. Joe evolved, or did he?
Kamela Harris with her impressive law background, prosecuting numerous men and woman as well as providing chief legal oversight as the Attorney General of California had a tongue-in-cheek moment as well. Ms. Harris’s “no excuse” stance rolled out misdemeanors to parents, whose children missed more than 10% of instructional days in a academic calendar year. Well, we know which socioeconomic field this impacted whether you want to admit it or not.
Kamela Harris has since expressed regret for what I call an attempt to rule with an iron fist. Kamela matured, or did she?
Other presidential candidates such as, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Mayor Bill de Blasio have their own “man in the mirror” moments to reconcile as well. I encourage you to read the TIME published article to become more informed on where your presidential candidate stands on this year’s hot topic of criminal justice reform, second chances, the First Step Act, etc.
To the incomparable #HRTribe it sure does matter who we vote for. We are taught to not discuss politics in the workplace, but when politics affect the workplace what say you then?
Let us hope that all candidates running for any government seat, will address and have a plan of action for Criminal Reform, The First Step Act, and SHRM’s very own “Getting Talent Back to Work” initiative.
Step your game up presidential candidates. America will have to demand better than what we historically allowed to manifest.