Updated: Feb 4
“There are two justice systems in America- one for the rich and one for the poor. I will re-allocate federal dollars to programs that are designed to rehabilitate and prepare former inmates for life in society.”
Our nation’s justice system has failed to live up to the American idea of equality, fairness, and redemption. The United States is only 5% of the world’s population. However, it is 20% of the world’s prison population. The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with over 2 million people in prison and jail. The blindfold on Lady Liberty represents impartiality. Her blindfold represents that our justice system is blinded to a person’s wealth, power, gender, and race. Sadly, that’s not the case. It is not equal justice when a kid with an ounce of pot can get thrown in jail, while a bank executive who launders money for a drug cartel can get a bonus. Our criminal justice system is overdue.
End Qualified Immunity:
Law enforcement officers must be personally held accountable for violating an individual's rights. Ending qualified immunity will allow victims of police misconduct to receive justice.
Decriminalize Mental Health Crises:
Historically, 7–10% of police encounters involve a person affected by mental illness, and people with untreated severe mental illness are sixteen times more likely to be killed during a police encounter. On day one, my first priority is to end qualified immunity and allocate funds to reduce the criminalization of mental health. There will be more mental health professionals and social workers incorporated in cases of individuals experiencing mental health crises.