Mitt Romney once again made headlines with a remark that revealed his gross misunderstanding of reality. During Romney’s interview on Fox and Friends he retaliated against Hillary Clinton’s recent push for reforming the criminal justice system. Romney stated that “we don’t have mass incarcerations in America” and that Clinton’s reform was “very inappropriate.” In fact, Romney said that Clinton was mistaken, totally wrong and merely trying to get support from the African-American community.
Twitter.com reports though that unfortunately for Romney, the American criminal system is ranked by the International Center for Prison Studies as having the highest prison population rate in the world. 716 per 100,000 people are incarcerated in the US. In addition to this, almost half of prisoners being held as pre-trial detainees or sentenced prisoners are in the United States. Even worse, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) points out that since 1970, the prison population has risen by 700 percent and that the US houses 25 percent of the world’s prison population.
Mitt Romney is sadly misinformed about the urgent state of prisoners in the US. Even Ricky Perry and Newt Gingrich have called for prison reform. Hopefully Romney will wake up to the realities of the prison system to help bring out positive change like his Republican colleagues. Learn more about the prison crisis at the ACLU website here.