1994 candidate for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts Mitt Romney excoriated Hillary Clinton’s remarks last week on criminal justice reform, saying they were a misrepresentation of the American legal system and a sop to the African-American community.
“I was concerned that her comments really smacked of the politicization of the terrible tragedies that are going on there,” Romney said. “We don’t have mass incarcerations in America. Individuals are brought before tribunals, and they have counsel, they’re given certain rights…Are we not going to lock people up who commit crimes, is that what she’s suggesting?”
Clinton’s remarks came in a speech at Columbia University last week in which she called for a wide variety of criminal justice reforms, including mandatory body cameras for police officers. She was swiftly criticized for condemning the incarceration rates greatly increased during her husband’s presidency.
Romney said Clinton’s remarks were disingenuous and “political in nature to try to get more support in the African-American community.”
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