In what MSNBC is calling “her strongest comments yet this year on criminal justice“, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed in on the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases Thursday, calling for grappling with “hard truths” and restoring “balance” to a criminal justice system rife with “unnecessary incarceration”.
I’ll pause for a moment to let you roll your eyes.
Clinton’s laments ring a little false, considering her history on criminal justice issues. Here’s Clinton in 1994:
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.