Our “justice” system is criminal.
Step 1: focus on helping people, not throwing them in cages.
eliminate private prisons. No one should profit off of the caging of human beings.
end solitary confinement. Solitary confinement is a cruel and inhumane practice, often leaving people in isolation for extended periods of time, denying them access to the health services they need.
abolish ICE. We need a better immigration system, not a system of taxpayer-funded American internment camps.
Step 2: legalize marijuana & expunge all marijuana convictions – current, pending & former.
fund research for rehabilitation-focused solutions for nonviolent incidents. Prisons have become defacto punitive housing for people who have mental illness, debts and other barriers to success; there are alternative corrective methods across the country and the world that are attempting ways to empower people to live self-sufficient and impactful lives rather than punishing them in inhumane, degrading conditions.
release all currently incarcerated folks who are serving sentences, and support re-entry programs designed to serve them. It is unbelievable that some legislation efforts don’t include the people who are incarcerated for possession of something that is no longer illegal. They deserve their freedom, and we should help support and empower programs that will help them get back on their feet, since we won’t be spending millions of dollars incarcerating people for grievances that are no longer crimes.
eliminate the 3 strikes legislation. It unfairly harms people who are justice involved, especially communities of color, and has led to an exponential rise in incarceration rates and astronomical government spending on perpetually incarcerating non-violent offenders.
Step 3: hold law enforcement agencies accountable.
require independent investigators in all cases of police brutality. Almost all law enforcement agencies in the United States run their own investigations of allegations of abuse of force, unless otherwise demanded by the Department of Justice or local communities. But with about 1,000 unarmed people per year dying at the hands of police in the United States, I don’t think they’ve shown themselves trustworthy enough to investigate themselves on their own abuses.
tie federal funding of law enforcement agencies to their effectiveness. Local law enforcement agencies can apply to the federal government for grants to fund their operating budgets, but it is well with the rights of Congress to tie current and future funding to the agency’s ability to conform to anti-discrimination, de-escalation and other better community policing policies.
demilitarize local police departments. There is absolutely no reason for full military tactical gear to be used in our communities, especially when it’s used to intimidate peaceful demonstrators.