April 12, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to a Senate Republican aide who told the Washington Examiner in favor of legislation to secure the early release of thousands of federal prison inmates, “You’re never going to eliminate the Willie Horton type of situation, the political ads aside, of somebody coming out [of prison] and committing a crime. It’s the nature of the human being. You’re never going to have 100 percent certainty, that’s never going to happen. But it would be a shame to just not ever do any sentencing reform, any criminal justice reform, because of that”:
“It is stunning that the GOP Senate would consider sacrificing even a single victim in their quest to pander to the far left, Black Lives Matter narrative by emptying federal prisons. These so-called sentencing reforms would put the most hardened major drug dealers on the street early. These are not people caught with a joint or two, but rather those who trafficked tons of marijuana and other narcotics. While the drug kingpin lobby appears to be extremely strong in Congress, if lives truly matter, there is no excuse for Congress to legislate the early release of these most dangerous criminals.
“The results of previous early release programs are being seen through rising crime rates throughout the country and most tragically through the Columbus, Ohio triple murder of Erveena Hammonds and her two young daughters, Breya Hammonds, 7, and Anaesia Green, 10, by a just-released criminal who viciously stabbed them to death.
“Whichever GOP Senate staffer callously accepted the inevitable deaths resulting mass early criminal release should be rooted out and fired from his or her ivory tower, taxpayer-funded job.”
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