Our criminal justice system is broken and must be reformed. Our prisons are overcrowded, and private prisons are banking on it, enabled by a systemic failure of our criminal justice system and the policies that place a higher and disproportionate amount of black and brown people behind bars. It is no secret that most felons come from disadvantaged and underrepresented communities of color due to our systematically flawed racist criminal justice system. We need to stop the school to prison pipeline, and we have to stop letting corporations profit out of this unjust system. It is time to for the system to work for everyone, not just the few. We need a Justice For All system.
Through Justice For All we will finally have a system that operates fairly and equitably. It would end private prisons by effectively banning them, and do away with the cash bail system. JFA will reduce the population of jailed, detained, and incarcerated juveniles and adults, by reducing nonviolent felony convictions to misdemeanors, and end the death penalty. In addition, it would require additional training and transparent monitoring of our police forces to address the unfair treatment and killings of minority peoples.
In addition, we cannot have criminal justice reform without letting felons vote. They too are fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. They should have a say in how policy affects their families and their future, just like the rest of us. Not letting felons vote has been one of many disgraceful voter suppression tactics. Without this, we are letting the rich and powerful enjoy higher voter turnout. We need to do all we can to help them rejoin society successfully, become productive members of our communities, and participate in the political process instead of sealing their fate in a life-cycle that keeps them going in and out of prison. Disenfranchisement of our most vulnerable communities stops now. Through the JFA policy, I pledge to fight for felons to be allowed to vote, because it is their right and their voices do matter.
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