Mass incarceration is a stain on America’s conscience. Marsha is committed from day one to ending private prisons and bed quotas, and to accountability for law enforcement. Each and every death caused by a law enforcement officer must be independently investigated.
The War on Drugs has failed, but the opioid crisis is devastating American communities and families. Marsha believes that we need to handle addiction as a social health issue rather than a crime. Marsha also supports legalizing marijuana and the expungement of marijuana convictions from criminal records.
• End for-profit greed in our criminal justice system, top to bottom by:
• Banning for-profit prisons and detention centers, and ending cash bail
• Making prison and jail communications, re-entry, diversion and treatment programs fee-free
• Ensure due process and right to counsel by vastly increasing funding for public defenders and creating a federal formula to ensure populations have a minimum number of public defenders to meet their needs.
• Cut the national prison population drastically and end mass incarceration by abolishing the death penalty, three strikes laws, and mandatory minimum sentences, as well as expanding the use of alternatives to detention
• Transform the way we police communities by ending the War on Drugs, expunging past marijuana convictions, treating children who interact with the justice system as children, reversing the criminalization of addiction, and ending the reliance on police forces to handle mental health emergencies, homelessness, maintenance violations, and other low-level situations.
• Reform our decrepit prison system, guarantee a “Prisoners Bill of Rights,” and ensure a just transition for incarcerated individuals upon their release.
• Reverse the criminalization of communities, end cycles of violence, provide support to survivors of crime, and invest in our communities.