Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) proposed abolishing prisons in a series of tweets on Monday, criticizing the incarceration rate and strict sentencing.
“Mass incarceration is our American reality. It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, and slavery,” the representative wrote in another tweet. “To end it, we have to change. That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration and prison abolition in this country.”
Ocasio-Cortez was reacting to a tweet from comedian Chelsea Handler, who tweeted about a 21-year-old black man who was sentenced to 10 days in jail after he accidentally missed jury duty.
The representative also tweeted about a woman who endured solitary confinement as a teenager.
“A cage is a cage is a cage,” she tweeted. “And humans don’t belong in them.”