In an interview with Axios’s Jonathan Swan, progressive Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) defended a proposed bill that would empty federal prisons over the course of the next 10 years. The bill, called the BREATHE Act, asks the Department of Justice to draw up a “roadmap for prison abolition.” The bill demands  the “full decarceration of federal detention facilities within 10 years” and “a moratorium on all new federal prison, jail, immigrant and youth detention construction.” In 2020, Tlaib endorsed the bill amid a wave of anti-police sentiment. Swan asked Tlaib whether she had “wrestled with potential downsides” of releasing all federal prisoners, which includes drug lords and sex traffickers. “I think everyone’s like, oh my god, we’re going to just release everybody,” Tlaib said. “That’s not what I’m saying.” “That’s exactly what the bill says,” Swan interjected. “Yeah, but did you see how many people are mentally ill that are in prison …


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