Our criminal justice system is put in place to keep communities safe and treat people farily, regardless of the color of their skin or the size of their bank account. In order for our system to do its job, it must be cost-effective by using our taxpayer dollars and public resources wisely, yet keeping civil liberties intact for all.
- We need to shrink the number of people who needlessly enter prison
- We need to reduce the existing prison population by allowing prisoners who have proven they are ready to re-enter society the opportunity to transition out of confinement
- We need to invest in alternative solutions that are more effective than lengthy sentences
Several state governments have already begun to improve their criminal justice systems by scaling down their prison populations. It’s time we do the same — in the interest of public safety, fiscal responsibility and fairness.