Ending Mass Incarceration

Two million people are behind bars in America today

The United States, home to 5% of the world’s population, incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners. In the four decades since the War on Drugs began, our prison population has exploded and broken up countless families.

 Every American should be treated humanely and fairly, yet systemic racism in the criminal justice system has decimated communities of color. 

This is the 21st century. We can do better

  • Recognize the humanity of imprisoned persons and improve prison conditions and policies
  • Fund more rehabilitative services, and make them available to all prisoners
  • Close the Military Prison at Guantanamo Bay
  • Implement a sentencing review process, and identify rehabilitated prisoners for early release
  • Reinstate access to Pell Grants

Our first duty is to establish justice

  • Provide vouchers for legal services, funded by a tax on lawyers, immediately to those charged with crimes
  • End mandatory minimums
  • Repeal the Prison Litigation Reform Act
  • Rescind the Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act

End the war on drugs

  • Recognize the war on drugs is a failure, and treat drug abuse as a medical issue, not a criminal one. Countries like Portugal have improved public health outcomes since they stopped jailing people for drug possession.
  • End the federal war on drugs, and let states set their own policies. For states that choose to legalize them, the FDA will set standards for purity.
  • A 12% tax on the sale of recreational drugs will fund treatment services for all who want them.

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