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It is an outrage that in these early years of the 21st-century we are seeing intolerable acts of violence being perpetrated by the police, our courts and our prison system. Real criminal justice reform starts with dismantling our carceral state and addressing state-sanctioned violence waged against black, brown and indigenous people in our country.

 

Dismantling our carceral state:

End the “cash bail” system.

Legalize marijuana at the federal level.

Appropriate federal funds for more drug treatment and mental health facilities in lieu of jail.

End for-profit prisons and jails.

Establish a federal review board within the Department of Justice for all officer-involved shootings.

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

End the “1033” Program which allows local police departments to procure surplus military equipment.

Felon re-enfranchisement for the nearly 27 million Americans have felony convictions.

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