Criminal Justice Reform

Michigan has a serious people in cages problem. We spend 1 in every 5 general fund tax dollars on imprisoning people while places in our state have poisoned water and our roads suck. The state of Michigan spends over about 5 million a day or 2 billion a year keeping people locked away. We incarcerate people at a rate that is about 31% higher than other states in the Midwest. This is simply unacceptable. Beyond economic problems, Michigan’s failed criminal justice policies have destroyed families and communities. We need a revolution of consciousness and compassion. We need new ideas to reform a system that isn’t making any of our toughest cities safer. I endorse the ACLU of Michigan/Fair Justice Smart Justice guidelines to address this serious problem. In addition to these reforms, I advocate for an overhaul of the antiquated penal code and decriminalization of all drugs and sex work in a shift from a punitive society to one that is more humane and treatment oriented.


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    I agree but must see a bill in its final form. It is costing the tax payer of New Hampshire 30,000 dollars to lock up a prisoner for one year. The recidivism rate is around the national average of 60% for 3 years. The criminal justice system is beginning to change but it is slow. The status quo, business as usually should pivot into a rehabilitation treatment model.

    Gary Carpenter

    Peterborough, New Hampshire

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    We need criminal justice REFORM for BOTH criminals AND police. I recommend we create a Uniform Code of Police Justice (UCPJ), WHEREIN all police officers will know the rules and regulations and will abide by them, contractually, and with consequences. On the other hand, we also need to keep guns away from convicts, mentally ill and those on the federal no fly list. Background check is a must!

    M. V. Vinny Mendoza

    U.S. Senate,
    Ponchatoula, Louisiana

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    Connecticut is truly in need of Criminal Justice Reform. Our CJ System currently discrimates against the low income citizens of this state.

    Anthony R.J. Moran

    State Representative,
    Middletown, Connecticut

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    We need to get rid of abusive civil asset forfeiture practices.

    Mark Lovell

    State Representative,
    Eads, Tennessee

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    Strong supporter of Criminal Justice Reform

    Eric Schleien

    State Representative,
    Hudson, New Hampshire

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    With all of the recent events brought to light by the police shootings, this is the perfect time to discuss criminal justice reform. The police carry guns. We should not make any laws that we are not willing to kill for. Do we really want people being shot for growing a plant or collecting rain water? It is not difficult for all of the citizens to become criminals with more than 40,000 laws.

    Kelly J Clark

    State Representative,
    Traverse City, Michigan

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