Criminal Justice Reform
Our criminal justice system is broken and requires immediate reform. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, almost half of all federal prisoners are held for non-violent drug crimes, the majority of which are for possession of marijuana. A major reason for this is the predatory for-profit prison system, which incentivizes the disastrous war on drugs – in service of higher profits for the private prison industry. I will support efforts to fight this predatory system, starting with federal legalization of marijuana.
Additionally, there is a lack of confidence in our current system of policing because of the systemic racism and classism that has targeted vulnerable communities, through draconian policies like mandatory minimum sentencing. I will work to bring REAL reform by fighting to end the war on drugs and through the creation of civilian led review boards that create community accountability for law enforcement.
This link highlights the math behind how and why Cannabis would be the nations greatest cash crop and could single-handedly annihilate the deficit: