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Justice For All

We are fighting to reform the country's broken criminal justice system. 

The failures of the current system enable prison overcrowding and private prison companies bank on it. On top of that, it is infected by systemic racism and policies that place a disproportionately higher number of black and brown people behind bars. It is no secret that most people who have been incarcerated come from disadvantaged and underrepresented communities of color. It's time to put an end to it, stop the school to prison pipeline, and stop letting corporations profit out of this unjust system. Money needs to be flowing into communities to fund schools, clinics, and job training programs, not  incarcerating people for profit. Additionally, preventing people with felony convictions from voting is one of many disgraceful voter suppression tactics. They too are fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. They should have a say in how policy affects their families and their future. Without this, the rich and powerful will continue to enjoy and benefit from lower voter turnout.  Disenfranchisement of the most vulnerable communities must stop. It's time to be smart on crime, not tough on crime. 

It's time for a Justice For All Act that ensures a criminal justice system that operates fairly and equitably for everyone.


Our Justice for All approach proposes a package of reforms that will: 

  • Ban private prisons and detention centers, and stop prison expansion and labor exploitation

  • Do away with the cash money bail system

  • Implement fair sentencing laws, lowering the population of jailed, detained, and incarcerated juveniles and adults by reducing nonviolent felony convictions to misdemeanors and prioritizing rehabilitation and treatment

  • End the death penalty

  • Institute a mandatory training of police and law enforcement across all levels of government to end the unfair treatment and killings of people of color and the poor, while requiring more stringent and transparent monitoring of their actions through body cameras and making it illegal to turn them off during police encounters with people

  • Allow people with felony convictions to vote, because it is their constitutional right and their voices matter just as those of everyone else in this country

  • Hold prosecutors accountable and accelerate prosecution reform, including ending incentives fueling mass incarceration to stop unnecessary prosecutions

  • Decriminalizing poverty, immigration, marijuana, and ensure schools focus on student counseling and  intervention rather than arrests and criminalization

  • Stop anti-black, anti-brown, anti-immigrant violence and vigilantes, legally prohibit racial profiling and the treatment of youth as adults prior to the age of 18 in the criminal justice system

  • H.R. 40 Reparations: Slavery still exists until this day in society, and did not stop in 1865. The through the school to prison pipeline, continued instances of racism, and several other economic disadvantages, African American people continue to experience slavery. The effects of Jim Crow laws and redlining still impact the ability of the Black community to have the power to rise and build wealth and a better future for their families. It is because of these issues that I stand in support of H.R. 40 - Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act. This bill will provide the opportunity for African American communities across our nation to begin to heal and rebuild.

With the hate being spread across the country towards people of color, police killing Black adults and youth, using excessive force, and monitoring every move made, we have to go beyond fighting for what is owed. We need to bring federal dollars to our marginalized communities that have been left out for too long, we need to get the police out of our schools and bring counselors and teachers with cultural competence, and that starts with the people that understand the needs of the community having a seat at the table. That starts with putting people first and not catering to special interests.