After 30 years of evidence that mandatory sentences drive mass incarceration, it should be obvious that mandatory minimums are bad policy.
Congressional Black Caucus members who withdrew support from H.R.3717 - The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Were they and the congress persons who never co-sponsored H.R.3717 promised private prison stock for the mentally ill in their districts who wind up in prison, usually after avoidable crimes?
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]
Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1]
Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33]
Rep. Christensen, Donna M. [D-VI-At Large]
H.R.3717 provides for resumption of Medicaid insurance for inpatient psychiatric treatment; an assistance outpatient treatment pilot program, including food, housing, and mandated psychiatric treatment; and crisis intervention training (CIT) for police and prison officers to avoid overuse of force. Most cases of mentally ill people killed by police are black and/or poor. Over 1.25 million mentally ill people are prisoners.
See "Racist Black Elitist Traitors" at
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