Hillary Clinton will call Wednesday for sweeping criminal justice reform and an end to the "era of mass incarceration," delivering a message that has even more currency after days of rioting in Baltimore.
Clinton's comments will come in the first policy speech of her campaign, at Columbia University in New York, where she will outline her vision for criminal justice reform, a campaign aide said.
The former secretary of state plans to call for a changed approach to punishment and prison, including making changes to probation practices, finding alternative punishments for low- level offenders, and increasing support for mental health and drug treatment.
Clinton will say that she supports seeing every police department in the country obtain body cameras "to improve transparency and accountability in order to protect those on both sides of the lens."
She will also discuss the "hard truth and fundamental unfairness in our country" that African-American men are much more likely than others to be stopped and searched by police, and charged with crimes.
Clinton offered a preview of her speech on Tuesday night, telling New York donors who had given $2,700 each or raised at least $27,000 that "Baltimore is burning" and that the situation there "is heartbreaking."
"The tragic death of another young African-American man. The injuries to police officers. The burning of peoples’ homes and small businesses. We have to restore order and security. But then we have to take a hard look as to what we need to do to reform our system," she said, adding that she would say more Wednesday.