Criminal Justice Reform
For too long, our criminal justice system has prioritized incarceration over treatment and has been infected with racial bias that punishes particular neighborhoods. Drug possession turns into life sentences, while white collar crimes like money laundering and tax fraud get a slap on the wrist. Then to make matters worse, the for-profit prison system pours money into the political arena to ensure max incarceration and overcrowding continues to turn into profit margins for private prisons across the country. This has to stop.
- End mass incarceration in which too many non-violent offenders are locked up instead of rehabilitated
- Support efforts to legalize marijuana because of the strain it puts on our criminal justice system (both financially and legally), as well as the explicit racial bias in sentencing marijuana cases
- Increase sensitivity training and police accountability for misconduct, so we give our law enforcement professionals the tools they need to best do their jobs, keep them safe, and serve our communities
- Increase investment in community policing programs to bring communities and the officers stationed in them closer together
- Eliminate the private prison industry because no one should be profiting off our justice system