White House Says It Doesn’t Support Closing Federal Prisons

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The White House distanced itself from a proposal endorsed by Rep. Rashida Tlaib that calls for closing federal prisons, with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying “the president does not support abolishing prisons,” reports Axios. Psaki’s remarks come amid a broader discussion on prison reform and after Tlaib was challenged on her stance by Axios’ Jonathan Swan in an “Axios on HBO” interview. While Tlaib claimed that fears concerning a full release of every prisoner in federal prison were unfounded, Swan pointed out that the proposed  BREATHE Act, which Tlaib supports, “actually says: Release everyone” from federal prisons over 10 years.

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