Van Jones Talks Prison Reform, Mandatory Minimums, Marijuana Legalization



Van Jones, President of Dream Corps, and Political Correspondent on CNN, joins David to discuss prison reform and ends up angrily leaving the interview after …

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  1. David wanted to change the topic to another direction, and Van Jones want to talk specific about the prison system. I don't see what he done wrong here, and David why are you playing the victim all of sudden? Van did the right thing!!!

  2. The connective tissue between what Pakman initially said and what he was going to ask ("Atheism is a rather banal thing relative to American culture yet is still vilified by the electorate, how strong do you think will be the reaction against something more radical relative to current norms as legalization?") was rather clear, making Jones' choice to flip the fuck out rather questionable, but I agree with those who say that David should have just let it slide instead of trying to push back against him, thus compromising the interview.

    Jones comes off worse, nevertheless, though, given HE also could have chosen to let it slide. Bad form all around.

  3. The only thing that Van Jones said that was wrong was assuming that atheism is the same thing as anti-religion. That's not a fair assumption for all atheists, but I'm not surprised.

    David was correct about his point, but he should have let it go under the circumstances that the conversation was obviously going off the rails.

  4. Fuck you, prisons should never be for profit!!! This encourages slavery, you idiot!! Entrepreneur? I don't think so, not in the prison system. What? Do you have a part in it? Don't ride the fence!!

  5. van jones is CNN's racist attack dog,  van jones can't control his hate for Mr. Trump.  He was shaking when he called Mr. Trump a "classless clown", you can tell this bigot hates all white people.

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  7. The American justice system is so corrupt it's not funny the common people pay 36% in taxes and the wealthy pay 16% in taxes and the justice system is just getting rich off the taxpayers' dollars that inflate their budgets and probably took their books and some Judges, Wardens and Police officers are getting rich off of it. And some cops throw down drugs on the individual to make it look like he did more than needed to convict them. But one thing about Amsterdam at least they make marijuana us off drug like alcohol and cigarettes and they moderated and tax it but the American government is not that intelligent to figure that out and if we've made it legal and sold here in America we would put the drug cartel of Mexico out of business but no leaves wanna have a war so they can waste more money on military equipment and things like that and says spending money on our education system or to increase minimum wage for people to have a decent wage to live off of . But the American government doesn't give a damn about the American people it's just the business of them they need care less if people go hungry in America they just want to waste American people's tax dollars and shovel and their pockets. And people should really think about who their voting for when it comes selection time because the people we are put in office now are just wasting our taxpayers' dollars why we have potholes are infrastructure fallen apart and I hope the judge's that have those fancy sports cars like driving down roads filled with potholes.

  8. I'm a huge fan of Van Jones.  I was so upset when Obama caved on the false allegations of Mr. Jones thereby taking away his post as someone to spearhead our green job initiative.

  9. He cut the call because you blindsided him. He came on to talk about the Prison Industrial Complex, not atheism in politics. Had you begun the segment as one in which you and Van Jones would volley back and forth on many different topics, then the segment would have bounced from one topic to the other and he would have been prepared to discuss that.The entire conversation was about prisons and criminal justice but once you found common ground on that one issue, you stuck in your statements about atheist candidates even though he clearly wasn't invited on your program to talk about that.

  10. Wow, that guy turned into a total ass in about 30 seconds at the end. And what he was saying made so much sense. The question was fairly irrelevant but he could have answered as best he could and asked to move on. I THINK he thought that the David Pakman show was an 'atheism orientated' channel and that this was primarily all you wanted to discuss. He should apologise for hanging up like that. Then you can get him on again, he was one of your better interviewees (he was completely sane and had good ideas).

  11. While Van Jones probably shouldn't have hung up,  and doing a interview is hard and I don't blame Dave for the first question about atheism mr. Jones did answer that question and since the issue was about prison reform it wasn't necessary to ask again and I can see how Van Jones could have been offended.   And getting young people for drug use out of prison is a terribly important topic so please go to his website.

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