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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