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Articles of Impeachment: Ayanna Pressley

Ayanna Pressley isn't a politician - she's a poverty pimp criminals-first enabler. Her husband and her father alone have served 24 years incarcerated between them. It is no wonder that she is pushing for criminal justice reform - every male-figure in her life is a criminal. Apparently her only constituents that matter to her are felons. First, an article from the Boston Herald dated December 15, 2019:

Ayanna Pressley’s prison plan slammed by law enforcement officials

Pressley’s resolution would lead to more crime, the officials warn

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s sweeping plan to significantly cut jail and prison populations, in part by declining to prosecute numerous offenses, is drawing heat from law enforcement officials who say it would trigger more crime and is “only exacerbating problems.”

Pressley’s resolution — called “The People’s Justice Guarantee” — includes proposals that would dramatically reduce the number of people incarcerated across the country, and would encourage diversion programs. The plan also calls for declining to criminally prosecute low-level offenses associated with poverty and addiction, and ending mandatory minimum sentencing.

District Attorney Michael O’Keefe on Sunday warned that such policies can negatively impact communities.

“The idea of calling certain offenses no longer criminal is not the right way to go about this,” said O’Keefe, of the Cape & Islands District. “It will lead to more crime.”

Incarceration is a deterrent to crime, said Marshfield Police Chief Phil Tavares.

“If you’re not incarcerating and not fining, then it continues to enable bad behavior and won’t deter law-breaking behavior,” he added.

But Pressley at an “Equity Agenda workshop” in Dorchester Sunday defended her resolution, saying, “I do not believe that mass incarceration has made any of us safer.”

“It’s not about not supporting or promoting more peaceable and safe communities. We all want, and we all deserve that,” Pressley said.

She talked about her father, who cycled in and out of prison for 14 years because he was battling an opioid addiction.

“Prison should have been a last resort for my father,” she said. “What he needed was access to on-demand treatment.”

Pressley added that the criminal justice system must invest in “preventative measures and alternatives that I think do get us on a pathway to a safer, more equitable and just world.”

She said that 80% of incarcerated women are mothers.

“Now you might say, ‘Well, they did a crime, and so they should have thought about that,’ but most of them are there because of poverty crimes, because of crimes connected to substance abuse disorder, because of domestic violence,” Pressley said.

But Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson said Pressley’s plan was another example of politicians looking for “easy solutions.” Hodgson said striking down prison sentences “lessens accountability.”

“This is not helping anybody, it’s only exacerbating problems,” Hodgson said.

“It may cost the life of an innocent person because, based on a formula, you let them out and that’s not the answer,” he added.

Pressley’s resolution would also end the death penalty, and also calls for eliminating life sentences without the possibility of parole. In July, in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement that they will resume the use of the death penalty, Pressley introduced legislation to prohibit the use of the death penalty at the federal level.

Tavares argues, however, that the death penalty should remain.

“Unfortunately there are some people who have committed such heinous crimes who do deserve the death penalty or life without parole,” he said. “These sentences are a deterrent and keep the rest of the community safe because of the heinous acts they committed.”

Proposal details

Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s criminal justice resolution, “The People’s Justice Guarantee,” calls for dramatically reducing the number of people behind bars. Here’s how:

— Decriminalizing addiction, homelessness and poverty by legalizing marijuana and overdose prevention sites, declining to criminally prosecute low-level offenses such as loitering and theft of necessity goods, and expunging the records of individuals for all drug-related offenses.

— Decriminalizing consensual sex work and low-level offenses.

— Ending mandatory minimum sentencing, and providing incarcerated individuals an opportunity to petition for release after serving 10 years for any crime, by a review board that includes at least one person who has served time.

— Expanding access to diversion programs, community service, restorative justice programming and treatment options that minimize court involvement and result in no prison time for most offenses when the person does not cause harm.

— Ending the death penalty and life sentences without the possibility of parole.

 The above article was accompanied by some insightful reader comments:

So Pressley thinks if you are on drugs or poor, you should get a pass for any crimes you commit?

Wouldn’t that encourage anyone thinking of committing a crime to take drugs in order to qualify for the pass, if they don’t otherwise qualify as being poor?

Was Pressley on drugs when she got that great idea? Does she qualify for a pass for the crime against intelligence for suggesting that idea?

Sooo .. her father was in and out of prison due to his addiction? Or because he was a criminal supporting his addiction? I know plenty of addicts who don't resort to crime. Her father is a criminal AND an addict. Not an addict.

Notice how she mentions her Father's Addiction, but makes no mention of the crimes he committed that resulted in his incarceration.

Ayanna's husband, Conan Harris, is a tax cheat and was once stopped by the State Police for driving on a Suspended License. Sounds like she is creating Legal Policy for her Family rather then for her constituents.

Her father wasn’t in and out of prison because he was battling an opioid addiction he was in and out of prison because he kept committing crimes.

She neglects to reference her husband Conan who was first arrested for assault when he was in the seventh grade. Like her father Conan, served big numbers for drug trafficking. Surprise, good ole Conan received a MANDATORY MINIMUM 10 year sentence in Mass Superior Court. After he got out the IRS filed numerous tax liens for IRS obligations . But,he says it was all about miscommunication. So readers, meet the Pressly crime family. Only in Massachusetts.

Well after 14 years of going in and out of prison call me crazy but I think that defines her father as a career criminal... Instead of on demand treatment how about just not sticking a needle in your vain in the first place! I know its not his fault blame someone else or an environment or a syndrome. Just don't bother taking responsibility for your actions including the 14 years of crimes that you committed.

80% of incarcerated women are mothers? I doubt these muthas were giving their children ANY consideration when they committed the crime(s) that landed them in prison.

Yet another affirmative action moron.... this is what you get folks.

Obviously Ayanna Pressley is a dark cloud on politics. Raised by a felon and married to a felon, she cannot bring herself to the realization that the men in her life are just bad people, and as such she cannot be considered a dependable entity to uphold American standards.