Andrew Yang on Crime

Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO


Repeal 1994 crime bill, decriminalize truancy

Elizabeth Warren has released a criminal justice reform plan that takes aim at two of her chief rivals: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Warren targets the controversial 1994 crime bill, which Biden helped write, as well as school truancy, an issue which Harris took a firm approach to as a prosecutor in California. Warren called for a repeal of the bulk of the 1994 crime bill. Supporting the decriminalization of truancy, Warren advocates for "positive behavior interventions" over punishments.
Source: Slate.com on 2020 Democratic primary , Aug 11, 2019

Makes more sense to pay people to keep out of jail

I want to share a story that a prison guard, a corrections officer in New Hampshire said to me. He said, we should pay people to stay out of jail, because we spend so much when they're behind bars. We think we're saving money, we just end up spending the money in much more dark and punitive ways. We should put money directly into people's hands, certainly when they come out of prison, but before they go into prison.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) , Jul 31, 2019

Felons should be allowed after release from prison

Andrew Yang on Felon Voting: Restoring voting rights after prison.

FOUR CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Cory Booker; Peter Buttigieg; John Hickenlooper; Elizabeth Warren.

TWO CANDIDATES say felons should be allowed to vote WHILE incarcerated: Beto O`Rourke; Bernard Sanders.

A number of Democratic presidential candidates have adopted a more cautious approach, saying that voting rights should be restored after prison.

Andrew Yang has also voiced support for letting felons vote after prison, saying on his website that by "restoring full voting rights to ex-felons who have completed the entirety of their sentence, we'll increase their engagement with society."

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Reform or reduce cash bail

Andrew Yang on Cash Bail Reform: Reform or reduce it.


Sen. Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang have called for reforms to the cash bail system (Harris co-sponsored a bail reform bill in 2017) but have stopped short of backing a ban on the practice.

NINE CANDIDATES say "End it": Joseph Biden, Jr.; Cory Booker; Peter Buttigieg; John Delaney; Tulsi Gabbard; Kirsten Gillibrand; Beto O`Rourke; Bernard Sanders; Elizabeth Warren.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Eliminate private prisons

Andrew Yang on Private Prisons: Eliminate them.

NINE CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Cory Booker; Peter Buttigieg; Julian Castro; John Delaney; Tulsi Gabbard; Kamala Harris; Bernard Sanders; Elizabeth Warren; Marianne Williamson.

Many Democrats have called for ending or not renewing the federal government's contracts with private prison companies. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has released a detailed proposal on her plan to abolish private prisons.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Death penalty has led to tragic errors

Q: Do you support or oppose the death penalty?

A: "We've made tragic errors in our past and likely will continue to do so."

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) , Jun 18, 2019

Replace mass incarceration with social programs

Source: 2020 presidential campaign website Yang2020.com , Mar 29, 2019

Body cameras for every police officer

It's the 21st century and it's now possible to equip police officers with more advanced equipment than ever before.
Source: 2020 presidential campaign website Yang2020.com , Mar 29, 2019

Police unfairly target minorities

Yang believes that minorities are unfairly targeted by police and has proposed assigning every officer a body cam to aid in investigations.
Source: Townhall.com: 2020 Democratic primary "Candidate profiles" , Feb 6, 2019

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2020 Presidential Candidates:
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
CEO Don Blankenship (Constitution-WV)
CEO Rocky De La Fuente (R-CA)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Jo Jorgensen (Libertarian-IL)
Gloria La Riva (Socialist-CA)
Kanye West (Birthday-CA)

2020 GOP and Independent primary candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (Libertarian-RI)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Zoltan Istvan (Libertarian-CA)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Ian Schlackman (Green-MD)
CEO Howard Schultz (Independent-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (Green-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (Libertarian-NY,R-MA)

2020 Democratic Veepstakes Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D-GA)
Rep.Val Demings (D-FL)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
Gov.Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D-NM)
Sen.Catherine Masto (D-NV)
Gov.Gina Raimondo (D-RI)
Amb.Susan Rice (D-ME)
Sen.Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Gov.Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI)
A.G.Sally Yates (D-GA)
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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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