We must maintain a fair criminal justice system and end mass incarceration.
The United States has just under 2.3 million individuals incarcerated, or 716 out of every 100,000 people, placing us as the most incarcerated nation in the world. America holds less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet we have nearly 25 percent of the world’s prison population overall. Our prisons are overpopulated, and funding for our Prisons has been drastically reduced, straining both corrections officers and the American taxpayers. We must expand social programs and funding to our prison systems to maintain low anti-recidivism rates, developing a criminal justice system that works for all of us.
As your State Representative, I will:
Enact legislation that addresses illegal drug usage as a mental health problem rather than a criminal problem, while also giving severe consequences to illegal drug traffickers and sellers.
Enact legislation decriminalizing marijuana across Georgia, for both medial and recreational use. This will also open up a gateway to collect taxes on the legal sale and purchasing of marijuana, with the potential of Georgia earning $1 billion a year in marijuana sales tax.
Promote diversity training and deescalation measures within law enforcement departments, paving the way for better police-community relationships across Georgia.
Enact legislation that provides comprehensive state programs for at-risk youth and non-violent offenders, giving needed resources and support for those who have made mistakes but want to be contributing members of society.
End for-profit prisons and any attempt to privatize prisons.