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  • Tea Party Leader and Academic Unite to Fight Crime

    Posted on   4/22/2012  11:09 AM

    What does a Tea Party leader and a liberal academic have in common?

    Criminal justice reform.

    According to Newsweek, Tea Party Patriots Co-founder Mark Meckler and other activists have met with David Kennedy, a criminologist whose innovative Ceasefire approach to crime control has dramatically lowered the homicide rates in some of America’s most dangerous cities.

    Together, they are forming a new alliance to rethink the way the United States handles crime.

    And why not? There’s no better time to conquer one of our country’s biggest problems.

    Here’s how Newsweek put it:

    “Prisons are overflowing. The government is broke. Communities are being destroyed. And yet the country’s cowed, uncreative politicians are still stuck in lock-’em-up mode: a stale ideology that demands stricter drug laws, tougher policing, and more incarceration, then tars every dissenter as ‘soft on crime.’ As a result, the U.S. is now paying $200 billion a year, according to the late Harvard criminal-justice scholar William Stuntz, to arrest, try, and incarcerate nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, even though it’s home to only 5 percent of the world’s inhabitants.”

    Reforming our criminal justice system is a high priority for the Tea Party. Meckler and his supporters are set to help Kennedy’s ready-to-go crime strategies become the national template for violent-crime control, Newsweek reports.

    We wish them luck.


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