Major Latino group has demanded that Hillary Clinton and the DNC cut all ties to the private prison
Presente Action has issued a press release calling for the Democratic National Committee and all Democratic candidates to cut their ties with the private prison industry. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has publicly called for reforms to the prison system and law enforcement in general. However both Mrs Clinton and her Husband President Bill Clinton has received many campaign donations from lobbyist for private prisons. The Bernie Sanders' campaign has also called for a complete dismantling of the private prison industry but the good Senator from Vermont has yet to formally pledge to do so as of yet.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders’ spokesperson has said he is the candidate to dismantle the private prison industry, though he has yet to publicly pledge to return donations from the for-profit incarceration industry.
Executive director of Presente Action, Arturo Carmona, released the following statement on the new effort:
“Hillary Clinton claims to be the ideal candidate to represent Latinos, but that can’t be trusted if she is accepting money from the very people who have made billions of dollars destroying the lives of millions of immigrants and Latinos. For far too long, black and brown people have been arrested and imprisoned for minor crimes they commit at rates far lower than white people— all the while wasting billions of taxpayer dollars and millions of lives. — If Clinton wants our votes, she must return, and stop accepting, dirty money from private prisons."
One of the unfortunately legacy of Bill Clinton's administration's massive "Crime Bill" that caused the incarceration rate of minorities to explode since its passing. The crime bill was co-authored by Vice President Joe Biden who was then the Senator from Delaware. The Democratic party has to answer to its constituents' who many of them have been negatively impacted by the prison industrial complex.