Bernard Kerick Set To Take On The Prison System 2014

EX-NYPD Commish and Convicted Felon Bernard Kerik Fights the Prison System

After a long career of putting folks behind bars, Bernard Kerik got to see the prison system from the other side of the bars after being convicted of eight felony charges, including lying to White House officials and tax fraud. While spending over three years in a Maryland prison, Kerik had a lot of time to think about the state of America’s criminal justice system, which by 2012 had put one out of every 108 Americans behind bars. “The only thing you’ve done for them is institutionalize them,” Kerik says of first-time offenders, “the only thing you’ve taught them in reality is how to steal, cheat, lie, con, manipulate, gamble and fight.”

Kerik feels that the three most important areas for reform are mandatory minimum sentencing, ending life sentences for non-violent crimes, and creating opportunities for felons to clear their record. “There are probably 50,000 collateral consequences of your felony,” Kerik notes, including losing one’s voting rights, ineligibility for public housing or food stamps, and discrimination by employers and landlords. Kerik claims that many political leaders have told him that he’s “absolutely right,” but that they are “scared to death” to back his ideas, for fear of being seen as soft on crime. Kerik has a new book in the works, which he hopes will “create the debate they need to make the change” to America’s broken prison system.

Related Posts


New Database Tracks How Much Crime Cops Commit in America


Arizona Cops Decide Best Punishment For Black Man Jaywalking Is An Ass Whooping


Police Video Shows White Officer Pepper Spraying Elderly Black Woman


Video Shows NYPD Lied About Shooting Teenager As He Was Surrendering


Hilarious Police Safety Video From the ’80s Will Show You How Cops See the World


Latest News


PREMIERE: Booda French “Masterpiece”

King Kashmere whippin' the pot

It’s The Most Gluttonous Time Of The Year!

Happy Thanksgiving
Arin Ray Music

PREMIERE: Arin Ray “Stressin”

The Cincinnati singer keeps it real about relationships

Smoke A Blunt With Trippie Redd

Let's go to Mars!
Music Video

PREMIERE: Magno Garcia ft. King Author & Code 9 “Raise the Conscious” Video

Produced by Giallo Point

Knowledge Darts Vol. 28: Every Action Has An Equal And Opposite Reaction

Let's talk about something that really matters
Music Video

PREMIERE: Skipp Whitman “Slow Down”

"Momma told me slow down, I'm about to lose my control"

Lil Peep Vigils Occurring All Around the World

Pink candles for the Goth Angel Sinner
Music Video

PREMIERE: Baby Bash & Frankie J “Candy Coated Dreamer” Video

"She did it all for the dream"
N.E.R.D News

‘No_One Ever Really Dies’ Will Be Here for Christmas

The 7-year wait will soon be over

PREMIERE: KXNG Crooked “The MAGA Continues” + Horseshoe Gang “Shoes Fall Off”

COB is up in here!

Open Space: Lud Foe

From the real side of Chitown

PREMIERE: Agallah ft. Edo G. “Synthetic Thugs”

This duo aren't pulling their punches
ghostface-killah Features

The 36 Best Ghostface Killah Songs, Ranked

"This is real lizzife, ain’t nothin sweet God"
inspectah deck Features

The 36 Best Inspectah Deck Songs, Ranked

“I’m a modern day Langston Hughes, my slang rules”

Nicki Minaj and 21 Savage Join Farruko on “Krippy Kush” Remix

Latin trap arrives on the mainland