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【美国总统演讲】2015.10.31再论司法体系制度改革

2015-11-02    来源:whitehouse    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

 

美国总统奥巴马每周演讲2015.10.31

再论司法体系制度改革

 

 Weekly Address: It’s Time To Reform our Criminal Justice System

 

华盛顿2015年10月31日——在本周讲话中,奥巴马总统认为美国刑事司法改革势在必行。美国面临的贫困循环、犯罪和监禁,监狱中关押了太多的人,损害了太多的家庭。奥巴马相信我们能够阻断将人从经费不足的学校,输送到人满为患的监狱之间的通道。让美国的体系更合理、更公平、更高效。
 
WASHINGTON, DC — In this week's address, the President spoke to the need for meaningful criminal justice reform in America.  America faces a cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.  The President believes that we can disrupt the pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails, and make our criminal justice system smarter, fairer, and more effective.  That’s why in recent weeks, he has been traveling the country and meeting with Americans who are working to improve the criminal justice system, from law enforcement officials working to lower the crime and incarceration rates, to former prisoners who are earning their second chance.  And on Monday, the President will travel to Newark, New Jersey to highlight efforts to help Americans who’ve paid their debt to society rejoin their communities. 
 
Video for President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
October 31, 2015
 
Hi, everybody.  Today, there are 2.2 million people behind bars in America and millions more on parole or probation.  Every year, we spend $80 billion in taxpayer dollars to keep people incarcerated.  Many are non-violent offenders serving unnecessarily long sentences. 
 
I believe we can disrupt the pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails.  I believe we can address the disparities in the application of criminal justice, from arrest rates to sentencing to incarceration.  And I believe we can help those who have served their time and earned a second chance get the support they need to become productive members of society. 
 
That’s why over the course of this year, I’ve been talking to folks around the country about reforming our criminal justice system to make it smarter, fairer, and more effective. 
 
In February, I sat down in the Oval Office with police officers from around the country.  In the spring, I met with police officers and young people in Camden, New Jersey, where they’re using community policing and data to drive down crime.  Over the summer, I visited a prison in Oklahoma to talk with inmates and corrections officers about rehabilitating prisoners, and preventing more people from ending up there in the first place.  Two weeks ago, I visited West Virginia to meet with families battling prescription drug and heroin abuse, as well as people who are working on new solutions for treatment and rehabilitation.  Last week, I traveled to Chicago to thank police chiefs from across the country for all that their officers do to protect Americans, to make sure they’ve got the resources to get the job done, and to call for commonsense gun safety reforms that would make officers and their communities safer. 
 
And we know that having millions of people in the criminal justice system, without any ability to find a job after release, is unsustainable.  It’s bad for communities and it’s bad for our economy.
 
So on Monday, I’ll travel to Newark, New Jersey to highlight efforts to help Americans who’ve paid their debt to society reintegrate back into their communities.  Everyone has a role to play, from businesses that are hiring ex-offenders to philanthropies that are supporting education and training programs.  And I’ll keep working with people in both parties to get criminal justice reform bills to my desk, including a bipartisan bill that would reduce mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders and reward prisoners with shorter sentences if they complete programs that make them less likely to commit a repeat offense. 
 
There’s a reason that good people across the country are coming together to reform our criminal justice system.  Because it’s not about politics.  It’s about whether we as a nation live up to our founding ideal of liberty and justice for all.  And working together, we can make sure that we do. 
 
Thanks, everybody.  Have a great weekend.  And have a safe and Happy Halloween.    


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