January 28, 2022

Rep. Rashida Tlaib getting the cold shoulder from the White House over controversial plan for prisons

The Joe Biden White House appears to be distancing itself from the radical plan proposed by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to close federal prisons, according to Breitbart News.

According to the publication, President Joe Biden and his administration “emphatically” disagreed with Tlaib’s assertion that there should be an abolishment of federal prisons in the United States. 

“Let me be absolutely clear: The President does not support abolishing prisons,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday at the daily press briefing after she was asked about Tlaib’s proposal.

The proposal was covered by access reporter Jonathan Swan who wrote that she wanted it known that the criminals in federal prison are often suffering from mental illness.

“Obviously there’s a process of looking at how can we get away from mass incarceration, and move towards care first,” Psaki said.

However, the White House was clear that despite Biden’s efforts to push the “Defund the Police” movement during his 2020 presidential campaign, he no longer supports defending the police. 

“He thinks measures like that will make us less safe and he would not support legislation that includes it,” Psaki said recently. That stance was reiterated during a private video conference that was leaked where Biden warned civil rights leaders to back away from the movement. 

“I also don’t think we should get too far ahead of ourselves on dealing with police reform in that, because they’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police’ anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing – which I promise you, will occur. Promise you,” Biden said in the leaked audio released by the Intercept In February according to Breitbart. 

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