END SENTENCING ENHANCEMENTS
Sentencing enhancements are unfair and have disproportionately impacted Black and brown communities of color. A crime with a sentence of three years can be enhanced up to 30 years depending on the situation. This is an outdated law from the tough-on-crime era that has been shown to cause more harm, incarcerating community members with high profits for private prisons. We need to end Sentencing Enhancements here in Contra Costa.
END MASS INCARCERATION
It is widely documented that this institution discriminates against Black and brown people under the deceptive cloak of justice. We’ve seen too much evidence of how Black and brown people are targeted and entrapped in this web of prejudiced decisions, and environments that are set up to feed into mass incarceration rather than appropriate correction, rehabilitation, and re-entry with dignity.
CLOSING JUVENILE HALL
Today, research shows people who are locked up as teens are more likely to be locked up as adults. Minors should not be incarcerated for making mistakes when root causes stem from decades of social neglect and discrimination. We should be looking to develop an environment that rehabilitates and looks closer to home than a prison.
SCHOOL CLIMATE INITIATIVES
Schools should be a safe place to learn. In West Contra Costa County, Safe Return participates as part of a network of students, families, and school representatives to identify problems and solutions to rededicating school resources to students instead of resourcing police in schools.
JUSTICE REINVESTMENT CAMPAIGN
Ending mass incarceration requires work at every level. Part of that is correcting the way resources are being poured into a failing system and the gross abuse of profiting off people within that system. Justice reinvestment is a reform process that requires having those who have been impacted by the system lead and develop best practices that rewire the way resources are distributed towards alternative practices.