Cory Booker calls for prison reform, decriminalizing marijuana

Cory Booker calls for prison reform, decriminalizing marijuana

Booker laid out a plan to provide more drug treatment, end mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders, decriminalize marijuana, increase funding for prisoner re-entry programs, and bring an end to for-profit, private prisons.

He also excoriated a prison system that incarcerates vastly higher numbers of African -Americans than whites for similar offenses.

“In New Jersey, blacks make up 14 percent of the state’s population but make up over 60 percent of our state’s prisons,” he said. “There is something fundamentally wrong with those numbers.”

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