Rather than work to extricate our criminal justice system from the darkest part of our nation’s history, establishment politicians have worsened the problems at all levels, from policing to sentencing to prisons, all which disproportionately affect the most marginalized members of our society. We need to fix our broken criminal justice system now to guarantee that the law is truly just.
America imprisons more of its own people than any other nation in the world. Even as the crime rate is on a steady decline, incarceration rates continue to climb. Our system currently targets marginalized population with longer sentences and higher arrest rates. This trend has left devastation in its wake, as more and more Americans find themselves barred from employment and disenfranchised after serving their time. Children and partners lose their parents and loved ones to the system, perpetuating negative social and economic outcomes. We will address this crisis through a comprehensive plan that protects the rights of ALL Americans by ending the War on Drugs, demilitarizing the police, legalizing marijuana, and expanding due process protections.