AOC says she wants to 'abolish our carceral system' that's designed to 'trap ...

AOC says she wants to 'abolish our carceral system' that's designed to 'trap ...
AOC says she wants to 'abolish our carceral system' that's designed to 'trap ...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for the abolition of the 'carceral system' in the US during a campaign event in Ohio over the weekend.

The Democratic Squad member was campaigning for congressional candidate Nina Turner on Saturday when she said: 'I want to abolish our carceral system that's designed to trap black and brown men.'

'I want justice. I want peace, and I want prosperity. That's what I want,' Ocasio-Cortez added during her speech in Cleveland for the co-chair of Bernie Sander's 2020 presidential campaign. 

The country's carceral system refers to its approach to criminal justice and punishment of criminals. Ocasio-Cortez has long fought for drastic changes to the system that she says unfairly targets black and brown people. 

A statement on her official government website reads that she 'is committed to dismantling our system of mass incarceration and ending the school-to-prison pipeline.'  

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According to the website, her criminal justice reform goals include federally legalizing marijuana, ending for-profit prisons, releasing all individuals incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses, ending cash bail, and launching independent investigations for every case in which someone is killed by law enforcement. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for the abolition of the 'carceral system' in the US during a campaign event in Ohio over the weekend

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for the abolition of the 'carceral system' in the US during a campaign event in Ohio over the weekend

Ocasio-Cortez has long fought for drastic changes to the system that she says unfairly targets black and brown people

Ocasio-Cortez has long fought for drastic changes to the system that she says unfairly targets black and brown people

The country's carceral system refers to its approach to criminal justice and punishment of criminals

The country's carceral system refers to its approach to criminal justice and punishment of criminals

Ocasio-Cortez shares similar views as Turner, who is running to represent Ohio's 11th congressional district. The seat was vacated in March by Marcia Fudge, who became President Biden's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. 

Turner's campaign is supporting policies like AOC's Green New Deal, Medicare for all, the cancellation of student debt and a $15 per hour minimum wage.

There are 15 candidates - 13 Democrats and two Republicans - vying for the seat. The 11th district often sways left, so the winner of the Democratic primary may likely determine the winner of the general election. 

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