Would you repeal the 1994 Crime Bill and what are you going to do to repair the damage that it has caused?
Yes, I will.
After 25 years, the 1994 Crime Bill has proven to be ineffective and harmful, authorizing nearly $10 billion in subsidies to expand state prisons and granting $14 billion to local law enforcement and instituting a mandatory “three strikes” law. When Clinton left office in 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world and we still hold that position today. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison, even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. The ‘94 Crime Bill resulted in rapid, massive changes, with prison admissions for drug offenses reaching a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level in 1983.
Although only 3.1 percent of Iowa's population is African-American, 25.8 percent of the state's prison inmates are black, and Iowa ranks second for disproportionately locking up African-Americans, with blacks 11.1 times more likely to be incarcerated than whites, based on the state's population. CCI Action’s racial justice team is leading the fight for a real racial profiling ban in Des Moines.
Will you sign this letter in favor of implementing a ban on racial profiling in Des Moines?
Des Moines does not ban police from racial profiling; Iowa CCI members are working to change that.
Yes, I will.
Did not sign.
How would you fix America's two-tiered, racist, and classist justice system which treats the wealthy and white completely differently than people who are living in poverty, Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color?