On June 12, 2016, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. He was killed by Orlando police after a three-hour standoff. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in the U.S., and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in the U.S. Pulse was hosting a Latin Night and most of the victims were of Hispanic descent. The massacre was widely denounced both as an act of terrorism and a hate crime.(Wikipedia)
My heart goes out to the victims and their families for such a terrible, horrendous thing to happen. All lives matter.
However, we also need to address America’s Mass Incarceration. How do we expect other countries to respect America when the American criminal justice system does not respect their own citizens? Mass Incarceration defines us as a society.
My heart also goes out to the detainees and families of the wrongly convicted, the unjustly convicted and those subject to unfair sentencing.
The United States of America has more people in prison than any other country in the world.
From 1978 to 2014, our prison population has risen 408%. … With only 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. has more than 25% of the world’s prison population – that makes us the world’s largest jailer.
America spends far too much money on building prisons and keeping people behind bars. Mandatory minimum sentencing is a prime way to keeping this practice alive.
Mandatory minimum sentencing means that a 1st time offender will be sentenced identically to a career criminal. Where is the justice in that? What happened to rehabilitation? Our criminal justice no longer cares about rehabilitation. It sole purpose is to harshly punish.
Our tendencies toward mass incarceration and mass shootings — are related.
WE need to protect all Americans from Mass Incarceration and Mass Murders.
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