Comey whines about "mass incarceration."

James Comey‘s tell-all ebook was launched to widespread acclaim, anticipation and debuted on the primary spot on Amazon.

Whereas many of the press protection surrounding “A Greater Loyalty” has highlighted Comey’s interactions along with his notorious former employer, some readers have been digging a bit deeper.

One passage specifically caught the eye–and ire–of social media customers. Whereas describing a dialogue with former president Barack Obama, Comey writes:

Though I agreed that the jailing of so many black males was a tragedy, I additionally shared how a time period he used, “mass incarceration”—to explain what, in his view, was a nationwide epidemic of locking up too many individuals—struck the ears of these of us who had devoted a lot of our lives to attempting to cut back crime in minority neighborhoods….I believed the time period was each inaccurate and insulting to loads of good folks in regulation enforcement who cared deeply about serving to folks trapped in harmful neighborhoods.

Over the previous 40 years, the U.S. jail inhabitants has elevated by roughly 500 %, in keeping with The Sentencing Challenge.

Comey continues, “It was inaccurate within the sense that there was nothing “mass” in regards to the incarceration: each defendant was charged individually, represented individually by counsel, convicted by a court docket individually, reviewed on attraction individually, and incarcerated. That added as much as lots of people in jail, however there was nothing “mass” about it, I stated. And the insulting half, I defined, was the way in which it forged as illegitimate the efforts by cops, brokers, and prosecutors—joined by the black group—to rescue hard-hit neighborhoods.”

Purpose creator C.J. Ciaramella responded to Comey’s hair-splitting about the usage of the phrase “mass.” Ciaramella famous:

This traditionally unprecedented warehousing of human beings wasn’t an accident or one thing the nation simply stumbled into. It was a results of deliberate insurance policies by state and federal officers, a shift to what Berkeley regulation professor Jonathan Simon calls “whole incapacitation.”…whereas Comey is right that defendants are sentenced individually, not collectively, there’s nothing particular person in regards to the obligatory minimal sentencing tips that lawmakers handed to fill all these new prisons.

The Intercept’s Peter Maass chimed in, too. He wrote, “The concept that poor defendants are represented individually is true in a strict sense, however in case you can’t afford a superb lawyer of your personal (many People can’t), you might be unlikely to have first rate illustration within the face of prosecutor’s workplaces with vital assets. The concept that individuals are convicted individually can also be a delusion, as a result of greater than 90 % of all circumstances on the state and federal degree are settled with plea bargains within the face of prosecutorial threats of unduly heavy sentences in the event that they go to trial…”

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