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Hillary Clinton calls for an “end to the era of mass incarceration”

During a speech at Columbia University in New York City on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton made a case for overhauling many of the crime policies enacted during Bill Clinton’s administration. The speech included the most pointed and specific policy proposals Clinton has made since she launched her presidential campaign earlier this month. Among the proposals were support for police officers wearing body cameras and an admission that it’s time to rework some of the tough policies that lead to prison overcrowding and a disproportionate number of African-American men being incarcerated. “Not only as a mother and grandmother, but as a citizen, as a human being, my heart breaks for these young men and their families. We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America,” Clinton reportedly said in her speech. She never specifically mentioned her husband by name or specific laws or policies that have failed, but much of what she was referring to was put into effect during Clinton’s presidency.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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