Leftist Democrats all across the country have been outdoing themselves in their quest to never meet a criminal that won’t win their sympathies.
The proof is in the changes in laws and statutes in state after state.
Now, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is furious after these Democrats tried to show her up.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has taken a famously soft line on crime, even demanding an end to cash bail for repeat criminal offenders.
But now, Democrats in the Gopher State are aiming to outdo her.
A new bill that would allow inmates to earn early release credits has been introduced by Minnesota Democrats.
Commissioner of Corrections Paul Schnell says it’s a “game-changing proposition.”
Schnell, an appointee of Democrat Gov. Tim Walz, supports the bill and says that there are four major parts to the legislation.
Those plans include individualized rehabilitation plans, earned incentive release, earned supervision abatement, and a “justice reinvestment fund.”
Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, DFL-Roseville, authored the Minnesota Rehabilitation and Reinvestment Act (MRRA) and says, “If we look at recidivism rates, we know that the current system isn’t working. The bill is a big change to the corrections system. What this bill would do is really recognize that each individual person might need something different so that they can thrive when they come back to our communities.”
As the system currently stands convicted criminals serve two-thirds of their sentence in prison and the remaining third on supervised release.
This new bill could let prisoners out as early as halfway through a sentence.
If the bill were to become law, the commissioner would create a policy on “earned incentive release” in consultation with local boards and community groups.
The language in the legislation says that “the maximum amount of earned incentive release credit that can be earned and subtracted from the term of imprisonment is 17 percent of the term of imprisonment, but in no case shall the credit reduce the term of imprisonment to less than one-half of the incarcerated person’s executed sentence.”
What it amounts to is not exactly a “get out of jail free” card – but more of doing so at a discounted rate.
“Accountability without rehabilitation is a failed proposition”
Those who are serving life sentences won’t be eligible for early release.
Schnell says, “We are in the business of trying to transform lives and that is fundamentally focused on the safety of our state. Accountability without rehabilitation is a failed proposition.”
The bill is still being debated in committee, but if Schnell gets his way, Minnesotans will have to take it on his faith that he is certain that this won’t just become a new and worse failed proposition.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.