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Mon Aug 10, 2015, 05:34 PM

Comparing O'Malley and Sanders' Criminal Justice Platforms.

I posted this in the general discussion - primaries but it is sinking under the BLM posts quickly. So, I thought people here might like to see it. If this isn't ok, I can delete it. Not sure of the etiquette here.

Now, that we have 2 candidates who have released detailed criminal justice reform plans I thought it would be interesting to compare them to each other. While this is not the sum of either candidate's positions on criminal justice reform, it is interesting to see what each candidate included in their plan. And while I am an O'Malley supporter, Sanders remains my 2nd choice and I think both plans are excellent and worthy of discussion.

Please Note: As Hillary hasn't released her plan yet, I am not including her in my comparison. Yes, I know she's made statements, but it isn't a full plan. I'll wait until she releases the plan for that comparison.

Martin O'Malley's Full Plan vs. Bernie Sanders's Full Plan

Below is a summary of each candidate's positions:



Cross-posted at Dailykos as well.

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Reply Comparing O'Malley and Sanders' Criminal Justice Platforms. (Original post)
askew Aug 2015 OP
Raine1967 Aug 2015 #1
elleng Aug 2015 #2
Raine1967 Aug 2015 #8
elleng Aug 2015 #10
askew Aug 2015 #3
Raine1967 Aug 2015 #7
JustAnotherGen Aug 2015 #5
Raine1967 Aug 2015 #9
FSogol Aug 2015 #4
askew Aug 2015 #6

Response to askew (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 09:48 PM

1. Kicking! with an addition:

I want to add a little something to the voting rights part regarding O'MAlley:

https://martinomalley.com/policy/right-to-vote/

Many Americans believe they have a constitutional right to vote, but the U.S. Constitution guarantees no such right explicitly. While the 14th Amendment provides some protection, it is not comprehensive and has left many Americans vulnerable to Republican efforts to restrict the right to vote:

* In 2014, Republican legislators in 29 states introduced more than 80 bills to require a photo ID, make voter registration more difficult, reduce early voting opportunities, and make it harder for students to vote.

*As a result, a 2014 report found that voter ID laws in 32 states stood to keep as many as 23 million Americans from successfully voting.


Millions of Americans who voted in the last election are at risk of being turned away from the polls because of restrictive voting laws that require a photo ID, eliminate early voting, and make it harder to register.

To address this voter suppression, progressive leaders in Congress introduced legislation that would amend the U.S. Constitution to explicitly guarantee the right to vote. The legislation’s text is simple and straightforward:

* SECTION 1: Every citizen of the United States, who is of legal voting age, shall have the fundamental right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides.
SECTION 2 Congress shall have the power to enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation.


Governor O’Malley believes that nothing is more important in our sacred democracy than the right to vote. As governor, he made it easier – not harder – for Marylanders to vote. He signed a bill restoring voting rights to more than 50,000 people with felony records, expanded early voting and allowed same-day registration. He even revolutionized Maryland’s voter registration process by creating an online system.

Passing a constitutional amendment that enshrines this fundamental right will give U.S. courts the clarity and authority they need to strike down Republican efforts to suppress the vote. The proposed amendment would set a high legal bar to defend against attempts to disenfranchise eligible voters, and empower Congress to enact strong electoral standards nationwide.
Amending the Constitution is hard, but voting shouldn’t be. Our current laws have failed to protect this fundamental right for too many people
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That’s why on the week of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act…GOVERNOR O’MALLEY IS CALLING FOR A RIGHT-TO-VOTE AMENDMENT.


CAn we get a few more YES in that area?
Raine

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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 10:41 PM

2. Thanks. Almost had a 'fight' with someone on FB about Constitutional 'right' to vote,

but decided to take a pass.

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 10:17 PM

8. Hi Ellen!

Hade some family stuff to take care of, I will update you when I get back home tomorrow!

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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #8)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 10:25 PM

10. OK, Raine.

Check my fb pics to see MY family stuff!

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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 10, 2015, 11:10 PM

3. Man, I can't believe I forgot that.

Thanks for catching.

I'll update tomorrow.

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Response to askew (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 10:16 PM

7. No prob, Askew!

We are all here to help each other out!

I am gonna be back home tomorrow afternoon, sorry I have been so quite the past week, family stuff....

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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 01:07 PM

5. Thank you Raine!

I was going down the list shaking my head up and down - until I got to that section.

Sanders appears to be for legislating voting rights (Bill, Senate, Presidential Sign Off) whereas O'Malley is going for the Full Court Press -

Lets put it to Amendment for once and for all!

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 10:19 PM

9. once and for all! YES!

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Response to askew (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 06:52 AM

4. K&R. n/t

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Response to askew (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 03:01 PM

6. Here is the updated version on the voting rights amendment.



If people are interested in these comparisons, I'll try to do one later this week on education plans.

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