Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Reform Drug Laws and End Private Prisons

The federal prison population has grown almost eight-fold since 1980 because of “The War on Drugs.” This false war has led to massive incarcerations but no reduction in drug use. It has failed.

The federal government should remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule 1” federally controlled substances so it can be appropriately regulated and legalized as many states are now doing. Those forward-looking states are reaping the tax benefits of what was once an unregulated, underground trade. And it will keep non-violent offenders out of the prison system where they don’t belong.

We must end federal contracts with for-profit, private prisons and detention centers. These facilities only profit the corporations and the politicians that support them. There should be NO PROFIT in criminal justice. The private prison industry supported the election campaign of the current administration. Now they are being rewarded with inmates filling their beds by the Attorney General’s plan to arrest marijuana offenders in states where it has been made legal and by the unconscionable roundup of undocumented immigrants.

We must rebuild the “bonds of trust” between local police and the communities they patrol. Uniformed officers should wear body cameras for everyone’s protection. We should have more training to reduce the use of deadly force. Finally, we must support improvements to public schools, including after school programs, that make children less likely to end up in prison and more likely to be productive citizens.

We must also end the Cash Bail system which punishes the low income population and benefits the well off. This ends up costing the tax payers more money by having to pay to incarcerate innocent people who can not afford bail.

And I can never in good conscience support the death penalty, because it is cruel and used disproportionately against poor people and people of color.

If my vision reflects your vision, please VOTE for PHILLIP G. PRICE, US House of Representatives.  Working together, our vision can become reality.