Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday in opposition to a bipartisan effort to reduce sentences for certain crimes.
Clarke called the effort ‘a series of lies’ and said that crime would not go down and bad people would benefit, suggesting that streets would be more dangerous if the measure passes.
The Sentencing Correction and Reform Act, introduced by Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, would primarily lessen the criminal penalties for drug offenses.
Clarke’s testimony debunked common talking points that were being used to push the legislation, according to Breitbart.
“Lie number one: ‘It will only involve low-level offenders,’” Clarke said. “First of all, we know that’s not true. If this truly did involve only low-level drug offenders, we wouldn’t put a dent in the federal prison population.”
His matter-of-fact response painted the picture of the inner city drug war and how some of these laws are preventing it from escalating.
“Lie number two: That it will reduce crime,” Clarke said. “We look at Prop 47 in California, a similar plan to empty the jails and prisons in California in favor of this crazy idea of programming. In its time that Prop 47 was passed, in the 10 largest cities in California, violent crime has gone up 12.9 percent. And in that time, property crime has gone up in nine of the 10 largest cities in California, 10 percent.
“You want to know what this is going to look like three, four, five years down the road? There’s your snapshot,” Clarke argued.
Sheriff Clarke is a Democrat and has been sheriff since 2002. He regularly appears on television advocating for Republican and pro-Christian issues.
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