CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
We incarcerate more people than any other nation in the world, in both absolute numbers and per capita (according to reported statistics). We have the world’s largest prison population – with 25% of its prisoners, but just 5% of the world's total population.
First we must reduce sentences for non-violent drug crimes and legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana on the national level. By looking at history, it was big interests that made marijuana illegal and the rhetoric back then was associating marijuana use with immigrants and minorities.
We must also end all mandatory minimums and reinstate the federal system of parole. There is no reason why after an arrest — wrongful or not — a person’s ability to leave jail and return home to fight the charges depends on money. A poor person will not be able to leave local jails. We must end cash bail!
All private prisons and detention centers should be eliminated. Prisoners at private prisons can make 4 cents an hour. At state-run prisons they can make over a dollar. The conditions at private prisons rate far worse than public prisons and there are significant safety concerns.
I am a proponent of re-enfranchising the right to vote those who have had their vote taken away by a felony conviction. After paying their debt to society, by serving time, rights should be restored to that individual.
We must also abolish the death penalty.
We must seriously reform civil asset forfeitures.
Major police department reforms are also crucial in fighting racial justice.