Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) leaves the weekly Democratic policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 18, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
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Dick Durbin: Democrats ‘overreacted’ on crime during the 1990s

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin acknowledged that some Democrats may have overreached during the “tough on crime” era of the 1990s, and that many neighborhoods today continue to pay the price for harsh polices that criminalized communities and were particularly unfair to minorities. 

It was an overreaction,” Durbin said Friday in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes airing Friday. “We wanted to end the threat of crime in our neighborhoods and we overreacted.”

“Now we’re gonna be smarter in the way we do this. Yes bad people will be incarcerated and they should be. And they shouldn’t be released until we’re confident they’re going to be safe in terms of their own conduct,” Durbin added. “But we’ve overdone it and we have filled our prisons at great expense.”

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Sen. Durbin: 'We overreacted' to 90’s crime

Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL, admits to Chris Hayes that the government was wrong in the way it dealt with crime in the 1990’s and now needs to “overcome the overreaction of years gone by”

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Dick Durbin: Democrats 'overreacted' on crime during the 1990s