Criminal Justice Reform

Growing up as an African-American male in the inner city, Isiah fully understand the dire need for America to radically transform our criminal justice system. Congress must enact laws to transform this country into a nation that affirms the value of its people of color.

It is an outrage that in these early years of the 21st century we are seeing intolerable acts of violence being perpetrated by police, our courts and our prison system. Radical criminal justice reform starts with addressing the types of violence waged against black, brown and indigenous Americans: physical, political, legal, economic and environmental.  

Isiah will fight to transform our broken criminal justice system by:

  • Ending the “cash bail” system which disproportionally affects low-income members of our society, many of whom languish in pre-trial dentation because they cannot afford the exorbitant amounts imposed on them by our racially skewed criminal justice system.

  • Legalizing marijuana at the federal level and calling for the immediate release all those currently in jail/prisons who are serving time for non-violent drug offenses.

  • Appropriating federal funds for more drug treatment facilities in lieu of jail.

  • Ending for-profit prisons and jails.

End the Blue Wall of Silence:

  • Enact legislation that establishes a federal review board within the Department of Justice for any and all officer-involved shootings, no longer allowing the “police to police the police”

  • Enact legislation that establishes a national federally funded program to train police officers in de-escalation tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Fully halt the militarization of Police:

  • Ending the “1033” Program which allows local police departments to procure surplus military equipment; turning our streets into combat zones.

Felon Enfranchisement:

  • In this country, those with a felony conviction have become second-class citizens. Nearly 27 million Americans have felony convictions and fall into this category. Those that have been released from custody should have their voting rights fully restored via federal legislation, bringing them back into the fold of their communities.

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