The United States, a nation which values freedom and liberty above all else, is home to the world’s largest population of prisoners. Though Americans make up just under 5% of the global population, 20% of the incarcerated people in the world are in the United States.
I know that criminal justice reform is a matter of racial and economic justice. People of color are vastly overrepresented in our prisons today due to a complex mixture of racial profiling, drug arrest disparities, concentrated urban poverty, and other forms of systemic racism. As the NAACP notes, “Though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the US population, they comprised 56% of all incarcerated people in 2015.” And the law is not applied evenly across class, either: the cash bail system, our underfunded public defenders, and the concentration of police officers in low-income neighborhoods currently ensures that the most vulnerable members of our communities are the ones being treated most harshly.
Our current politicians have stalled too long on this issue while our communities suffer. When our neighbors, friends, and family members are caught up in the endless cycle of arrest and incarceration, we all feel the impact.
That’s why, when I’m in Congress, I will fight to:
You deserve a representative who understands the gravity of this issue, and you deserve someone who will fight for a criminal justice system that represents our American values of liberty, freedom, and equal protection under the law