We are fighting to reform the broken American criminal justice system.
The failures of the current system enable prison overcrowding and private prison companies to 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, and not towards incarcerating people for profit. Additionally, not letting people with felony convictions vote has been 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 policy that ensures a criminal justice system that operates fairly and equitably for everyone.
Our Justice for All reform will:
- End private prisons by effectively banning and defunding them.
- Do away with the cash bail system.
- Reduce the population of jailed, detained, and incarcerated juveniles and adults through the reduction of nonviolent felony convictions to misdemeanors.
- End the death penalty.
- Institute a mandatory training of police and law enforcement agencies across all levels of government in order to address the unfair treatment and killings of people of color and the poor, while also requiring more stringent and transparent monitoring.
- Fight for people with felony convictions to be allowed to vote, because it is their constitutional right and their voices matter.