Criminal Justice Reform & Public Safety
I have spent my life working to keep American safe. I was raised in a law enforcement family – my grandfather was the former Sheriff of Onondaga County, the only Democrat ever elected, and my uncle was a New York State Trooper for 30 years. I understand the importance of law enforcement and public safety. Yet, I also know our justice system needs reform. The tragic death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless other Black Americans spurred demonstrations across the country and raised awareness of the injustices and racial bias within our criminal justice system. I was proud to stand with our community in the peaceful demonstrations calling for meaningful 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.
In Congress I’ll be a voice to devote more resources to effective measures to ensure public safety and stop violent crime, such as community policing and making sure we have adequate police staffing with officers supported by good training. And I’ll work to reform our justice system so that resources go toward preventing violent crime, rather than ineffective and punitive policies that do not make us safer.
- End mass incarceration of non-violent offenders
- End racial and discriminatory profiling
- Ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants
- Increase 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