Bernie Kerik: Imprisoned NYC Top Cop To Help Other Cons (Video)

Tuesday, 05 Nov 2013 09:41 AM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Bernie Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner turned convicted felon, gave his first interview last week since being released from federal prison earlier this year, and now he's launching a campaign against what he calls "flawed" sentencing guidelines.

Kerik, a former nominee for Homeland Security secretary who helped New York City navigate through 9/11, pleaded guilty in 2009 to eight counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, and lying to the Internal Revenue Service. He was sentenced to four years in federal prison, but was released in May after serving more than three.

Now Kerik, 58, is speaking out about the minimum sentencing guidelines for nonviolent offenders, saying that the harsh punishments often ruin people's lives.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

"I think the system is flawed. I think the system is supposed to punish. It’s not supposed to annihilate personally, professionally, financially," Kerik told Matt Lauer Friday in the first of a two-part interview with "Today." The second segment aired Monday.

"It's not supposed to destroy families. The punishment must fit the crime. I was in prison with commercial fisherman that caught too many fish that spent three years in prison. Their licenses were removed. They're not going to be able to work in that industry for the rest of their lives. That’s a life sentence."

At one point, Kerik handed Lauer a nickel to demonstrate the amount of cocaine that sends an offender to prison.

"I was with men sentenced to 10 years in prison for five grams of cocaine. That's insane. That's insane," he said.

Lauer then challenged Kerik, telling him that people listening are probably thinking, "Yeah, it's tough. But Bernie Kerik and others broke the law. That's what you get."

"Let me say this clearly," Kerik responded, "bad people who do bad things belong in prison. Some for long periods of time; some forever. However, good people who make mistakes can be punished with alternative sentences — fines, home detention, probation, and community service. People who, for example, catch too many fish or sell a whale’s tooth on eBay or exaggerate their income on a mortgage application can be punished without prison."

Many people agreed with Kerik's views on the minimum sentencing guidelines, and spoke out in support of him on Twitter.








Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:
 

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Crooks Steal From 5-Year-Old Cancer Patient; TVs, Video Games, PS4 Gone

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 15:40 PM

Police are on the hunt for the crooks who stole electronics from a 5-year-old brain cancer patient's St. Louis home. . . .

Lost Luggage Found 20 Years Later Returned to Arizona Woman

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 15:16 PM

Lost luggage found 20 years later was returned to an Arizona woman with a handwritten note on Tuesday. . . .

Bus Driver Takes Cane From Blind Boy, Replaces It With Pool Noodle

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 15:07 PM

A Kansas City school bus driver took away an 8-year-old blind boy's cane this week and replaced it with a pool noodle, o . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved