AN EQUITABLE APPROACH TO JUSTICE THAT WORKS
We Stand for
Laws that govern the criminal justice system—and how they are enforced—must uphold the constitutional principle that all people are treated fairly. Those who write and enforce the laws must be accountable to the communities they serve.
Responses to crime must serve justice and be proportional to the severity of the crime. Past practices of reflexively pursuing the harshest punishment led to unjust levels of mass incarceration, particularly for communities of color.
Solutions embracing comprehensive approaches outside of the justice system — in public and behavioral health, education, jobs, and housing — must be at the center of any strategy to prevent crime; reduce violence and recidivism; and close opportunity gaps.
Instead of relying on conventional wisdom or gut feeling, criminal justice policies and approaches should be informed by data and evidence. Policies and strategies should be evaluated rigorously, regularly, and transparently in order to ensure that those policies’ goals are being achieved.
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