Kentkucky Democrat Tim Ryan Promised to Free One Million Inmates from U. S. Prisons

Tim Ryan (US Democrat Senate Candidat for Ohio) and Andrea Zetts Ryan (right), meet with South East Area Transit (SEAT), bus workers during a campaign event held in Zanesville, Ohio on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Ryan has decided to distance himself from his party in the run-up to the November election, in order for him to have a chance of winning the US Senate seat currently held. Photographer: Gaelen Morse/Bloomberg

Rep. Tim Ryan (D.OH), is running against Republican J.D. Vance, who is running for Ohio’s open United States Senate spot, once promised to release a million prisoners from prisons across America.

Ryan, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, told the left-leaning American Civil Liberties Union that he would release half the U.S. prisoners currently held in U.S. jails and prisons if he was elected president in 2019.

“You’ve made an ACLU commitment to reduce mass incarceration by 50 percent during your presidency,” ACLU of New Hampshire Political Director Jeanne Hruska reminded Ryan during a question-and-answer event.

Ryan was asked how he would release about a million of roughly two millions prisoners in United States prisons. He suggested that he start with drug laws, reducing penalties and sentences.

Ryan also stated that he supports eliminating cash bail for suspects in crimes. This would be similar to New York’s current law that releases jail suspects of violent crimes and Illinois’s future law which abolishes cash bail completely, set to free thousands accused of murder, burglary and other crimes.

Ryan stated that the bail system was inherently unfair. “… I’d be for its elimination.”

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