Popular Resistance - Two terms of tough-on-crime Reagan and Bush Republicans added 72 new mandatory minimum statutes; Clinton’s two terms added 116.
Quoting Joe Biden in 1994, [Princeton professor Naomi Muraka] reminds us of the liberal Democrats’ approach:
“The liberal wing of the Democratic Party is now for 60 new death penalties… 100,000 cops. The liberal wing of the Democratic party is for 124,000 new state prison cells.”
This is the period, let’s remember, that saw black-white racial ratios among the imprisoned go from three to one to eight to one.
The number of mandatory minimum crimes tripled between 1985 and 2000, engorging the prison system, and locking up especially women, mostly women with kids.