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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., revealed in a brand new interview, maybe unwittingly, that she does not essentially assist the main points in a bill she endorsed final yr that would abolish federal prisons over the course of 10 years, admitting that there are some individuals who legitimately belong behind bars.

During an interview Monday with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, Tlaib was pressed on her assist for the BREATHE Act, which requires the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services to create a “roadmap for prison abolition,” together with the “full decarceration of federal detention facilities within 10 years” and “a moratorium on all new federal prison, jail, immigrant and youth detention construction.”


Reps. Rashida Tlaib (left) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrive for a briefing on Afghanistan on the Capitol on Aug. 24, 2021. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

“To what extent have you wrestled with releasing any potential downsides of releasing into society every single person who currently in a federal prison?” Swan requested the congresswoman.

“Yeah, I think that everyone’s like, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to just release everybody,’” Tlaib stated. “That’s not what I’m—”

“That’s what the act says,” Swan fired again.

“Yeah, but did you see how many people are mentally ill that are in prison right now,” Tlaib argued.

“No, I know,” Swan stated. “But the act you endorsed actually says release everyone in 10 years. … There are like, human traffickers, child sex [predators]. Do you mean that you don’t actually support that? Because you endorsed the bill.”

Tlaib continued to argue that many prisoners are mentally in poor health or fighting substance abuse points and that these individuals must be rehabilitated as an alternative of incarcerated.

“Why aren’t you asking me about them?” she requested Swan. “You’re asking me about the human traffickers and others that should be able to be held accountable.”

“What I’m trying to understand is, your proposal is so sweeping,” Swan stated. “It does release everyone.”

“Oh, yeah, within 10 years,” Tlaib responded. “Obviously there’s a process of looking at how we can get away from mass incarceration and move toward care first.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib leaves a meeting of Progressive House Democrats at Capitol on Oct. 28, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rep. Rashida Tlaib leaves a gathering of Progressive House Democrats at Capitol on Oct. 28, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“Do you believe that there are still categories of people who should be behind bars?” Swan requested.

“There are absolutely,” Tlaib answered. “I don’t think there’s any rehabilitation happening right now for those that might actually have … mental health issues.”

“Do you think all people can be rehabilitated?” Swan requested.

“I don’t think so. I’ve been very clear about that,” Tlaib replied. 

“I would have to look at every case individually and figure all of that out,” she added later. “Everyone in jail is not the same.”

Reps. Ilhan Omar (from left), Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib listen during a news conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sept. 3, 2021. (Tim Evans/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Reps. Ilhan Omar (from left), Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib hear throughout a news convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sept. 3, 2021. (Tim Evans/Bloomberg by way of Getty Images)

Tlaib’s feedback caught the eye of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who fired off a tweet thread saying the congresswoman’s proposal is a extra “radical” implementation of “Defund the Police.”

“Oddly enough, Congresswoman Tlaib has had a tough time convincing Congress to follow her lead on emptying prisons,” the senator wrote. “However, the Taliban jumped all over this idea. When they took over Afghanistan first thing they did was empty all the prisons – including releasing terrorists.

“What may presumably go incorrect?” he asked. “And why didn’t the media carry up this proposal throughout 2020 presidential marketing campaign?”