Copyright Jen Perelman 2020

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

We have a two-tiered “justice” system in this country. The likelihood that a person will be indicted, prosecuted, and sentenced too often depends on factors such as race, gender identity, and socio-economic status.  Not one banker was prosecuted after Wall Street greed crashed our economy, while millions of black men have had their lives ruined over non-violent drug offenses. It is long past time that this country lives up to its motto, “and justice FOR ALL.” America was built on the subjugation of people of color, and racial oppression still exist within every aspect of our society, especially in our criminal justice system.  We must address the systemic racism and create a system of justice that doesn’t favor the rich and criminalize poverty.

 

Jen supports:

  • Abolishing for-profit prisons

  • Ending the federal prohibition on marijuana

  • Commuting sentences, expunging records, and releasing all people currently incarcerated, paroled, or on probation for nonviolent drug offenses.

  • Reducing our incarcerated population by eliminating mandatory minimums and excessive sentences.

  • Investing in treatment programs for people who are struggling with mental health, and substance abuse issues.

  • Prohibiting the exploitation of prison labor by applying the federal minimum wage laws to incarcerated individuals.

  • Prohibiting the use of predatory prison phone rates.

  • “Banning the Box” that requires job applicants to disclose their criminal records for employment.

  • Banning the prosecution of children (under 18) in adult courts.

  • Mandating criminal liability for civil rights violations resulting from police misconduct.

  • Demilitarizing municipal law enforcement agencies by ending federal programs that provide military equipment to local police forces.

  • Restricting the use of deadly force.

  • Renegotiating police contracts to establish responsible accountability and transparency measures.

  • Supporting the establishment of local civilian oversight boards of law enforcement.