Criminal Justice

Reform

It Is Time For A Change

I will stand with victims of our flawed criminal justice system. I will co-sponsor any legislation that addresses the atrocities of our criminal justice system in regard to racial prejudice and profiling.

Police Training

Communities of color are over policed. This is not a debatable opinion but a statement of fact. We need to address a culture of police training that emphasizes the over targeting of African Americans and Latinos. As a member of the Progressive Wave I will push for federal funding for better training with an increased emphasis on de-escalation tactics and the mandatory use of always-on police body cameras. We also will be seeking funding for community oversight committees on the local level.

In addition I also support :

  • 100% mandatory police camera use
  • Banning of all chokeholds
  • Investigating claims of racial injustice within police forces by a specialized government body that does scheduled proactive investigations and reactive investigations to address grievances of a community.

Prison Reform

Our prison system also needs to be re-examined. The United States currently imprisons 22% of the worlds prison population. yet only makes up only 4.4% of the population. Couple this with a dramatically higher incarceration rate of African Americans and Latinos and a recidivism rate that is appalling it is time for a change. We need to put an end to for profits prisons. We need to put an emphasis back on rehabilitation. We need to reform our criminal justice system!

In addition I also support :

  • Introduce a nationwide restorative justice program
  • End juvenile detention facilities nationwide
  • Ban private prisons – Private prisons are immoral and should not exist. I will sponsor or co-sponsor the end of private prisons nationwide.
  • End money bail nationwide – The money bail system must end. I will sponsor or co-sponsor the end of money bail nationwide.
  • End punitive drug enforcement – We must decriminalize drugs in this country and treat it as a medical issue. I will sponsor or co-sponsor a bill that comprehensively ends the drug war in America.
  • Restore voting rights for current and former convicted felons – Not only should felons’ voting rights be restored, but they should also never have lost them to begin with. I will sponsor or co-sponsor a bill to end the practice of restricting voting rights to all adult United States citizens. The right of a United States citizen should not be infringed.
  • Test all rape kits – I believe that the United States government should mandate that all states dedicate resources to test all rape kits and address the backlog.
  • End death penalty nationwide – We must end the death penalty in the United States of America.