Securing Our Future

Improve training and education for all members of our Justice System.  Police Officers, Correction Officers, Prosecutors, Public Defenders, and Judges should receive training and education to ensure that all people of the United States, regardless of race, gender, class, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation receive fair and equitable treatment in the criminal justice system.

Develop national standards governing the use of force.  This includes banning chokeholds and carotid holds, and permitting deadly force only when necessary and a last resort to prevent imminent threat to life.

Require officer training in effective nonviolent tactics, appropriate use of force, implicit bias, and peer intervention.  Also utilize community resources and experts to educate law enforcement on people with neurodivergent behaviors e.g. autism.  

Improve American Law Enforcement by weeding out bad personnel.  There are mostly good officers out there on the front lines, working alongside very few bad officers.  Those bad officers shouldn’t be self-policed or handled “in the building” but managed through a team of arbitrators, trained community action team members, and/or judges to avoid the appearance of favoritism from the blue code.  

Increase funding for law enforcement.  Use federal dollars to fund police departments and hire more police officers.

Death Penalty, the most serious penalty we offer, can bemorally justified in cases of premeditated murder, mass shootings and other heinous crimes, but needs to be handled fairly, using the highest standard of proof, and ensuring that no innocent party face the ultimate penalty.  

Stop incarcerating kids.  Current research has illustrated the fundamental differences in the adolescent and child brain from those of adults and a one-size-fits-all judicial system does not work for those differences.  We need to find justifiable means of punishing children and teenagers that offer education, redemption, and hope.  Develop community-based alternatives to prison and detention centers for youth.  Invest in after-school programs.

Children should be given a second chance.  Kids who enter the juvenile justice system should be given a true second chance.  The juvenile records should be sealed and expunged in exchange for evidence of rehabilitation.  

Increase law enforcement officer presence in public schools, and require specific training in working with counselors, social workers, and school psychologists.  Training should relate to making school environments more equitable by addressing the social emotional needs of students rather than discipline policies.  Students need to have positive relationships with those ensuring public safety and not see “cops” as enemies.  

Develop a commitment to helping those who have served their time to re-enter society, earn a good living, and participate in our democracy as full citizens. The formerly incarcerated should not be blocked from exercising their voting rights or accessing public services.