FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Delaney Applauds Progress on Criminal Justice Reform
FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – Presidential candidate John K. Delaney today released a statement regarding criminal justice reform and the role it plays in creating a more just society:
“Over the past two days, we’ve seen positive steps in the effort to show we can reform our broken criminal justice system and make our society more just in the process: the pardoning of Cyntoia Brown and the restoration of voting rights for ex-felons in the state of Florida.
“I applaud Governor Haslam for showing decency through his pardoning of Ms. Brown. Acts of individual mercy and understanding like this go a long way toward healing as a nation and lead us down a path to greater fairness, which is so clearly needed in our broken criminal justice system.
“The restoration of voting rights for ex-felons shows again the power of understanding and empathy. No one is perfect; people make bad choices. But those who have served their time should be encouraged and supported upon their release, including job training and placement, assistance finding a home and re-building the stabilizing roots of a productive life, and re-enfranchising these Americans to take part in the most central facet of our democracy.
“Those simple things matter, as we heard from Desmond Meade, the president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition: ‘In the civil rights era, fathers would take their sons with them to register. I’ve never been able to do that until today.’
“Acts like these matter and get us ever-closer in our fight to make our society more just – whether in the context of criminal justice reform, or overcoming systemic racism, sexism, or xenophobia. We must come together as a nation and begin to rid ourselves of the worst parts of our society – and moments like these are important steps in the journey of equality.”