As a mother of three African American sons, I have to educate them on the injustice system that is a system that works against them. I remember when the stop and frisk era was going on, I was about 14 years old and my brother went to the store and as he was buying food an officer stopped him and said he “fit” the description of a black man with dreads and that they were looking for this man. They took him to the precinct for hours and then released him after they figured out he was not the “black man with dreads “. To be honest, when I look back from then to now nothing has really changed.
The jail system is taking away our human rights, and it is time to put a stop to it. Instead of building more correctional facilities for profit, we should be building more mental resources in our communities and investing into more hospitals for those who commit crimes not locked them up like they are animals, with severe punishments like solitary confinement. We are all humans to house does who commits criminal offenses where there will be programs that will help that population receive mandatory mental health counseling once entered into the correctional facility, mandatory job readiness and mandatory anger management which will reduce the re-entry into these correctional centers. It is time to get down to the root of the issue, there are no more options, mandatory mental health must be implemented.
Our jail systems aren’t helping those incarcerated. Locking people up and gaining a profit, is giving we have no rights type of vibes for the people and that is wrong. We have rights and it’s time to Execute!
- Nearly 5 million people are arrested and jailed every year;
- Almost 2.2 million people are incarcerated,including 176,824 people in Federal jails and prisons;
- Collectively, 1,273,605 people are locked in State prisons and another 745,200 people are detained in a
- local jail on any given night;
- 500,000 immigrants are incarcerated in immi-
- grant jails and prisons annually, marking a 75 percent increase in immigration detention over the last decade;
- 4.5 million people are under some form of com- munity supervision, including probation and parole;
- Despite making up just 4 percent of the world’s population, the United States is home to 21 percent of the world’s prisoners;
- Incarcerated people remain incarcerated for longer periods of time and the number of people serving life sentences has quadrupled since 1984, even as crime has fallen, and
- Black people are incarcerated at 5 times the rate of White people, making up just 13 percent of the popu- lation, but 33 percent of the country’s prisoners;
What Queen Is Fighting For!
- Community Protection: In District 8, the crime rate has increased significantly, and police brutality is a social issue that is still going on in Black/Brown communities. The first step is to DEFUND the police, and create a Community Protection in our community. The Community Protection will defuse situations /disputes with proper training and offer services for the community. There will be a phone number for people in the community to call and the Community Protection will respond. Mental health, counseling, parenting classes, pantries, temporary shelter, and childcare services are services that will also be offered as part of the Community Protection for District 8.
- Legalize marijuana to promote economic justice and release does whom charges were related marijuana offenses and seal their records for re-entry into society as well as eliminating drug testing.
- Improving the police board and creating new policies, for the police department that will ensure that the police do not abuse their power. Implementing mandatory trainings through out the year for fellow officers. We have to hold the police accountable for their actions by creating new laws to protect the people against the police unlawful acts. Police brutality has been going on since 1848 and the number of attacks and deaths We are tired of seeing police members not being held accountable for the deaths of innocent people. The duties of the police are to enforce the law.
- Reducing the sentencing laws to 42% having to be completed in order for re-entry into society which will decrease mass incarceration.
- Eliminate commissary and make all phone calls free which will lift the financial burden on working class families. Create monthly care packages for those housed in these correctional centers which will relieve the mental stress, and increase safety within correctional centers, decrease recidivism, and improve reentry outcomes.”
- There is no need for any new jails/prisons. Why are we continuously building and rebuilding jails? Lets be serious there are so much that can be built and new jails and prisons aren’t one of them.
- We must Abolish Solitary Confinement. We aren’t animals and being locked up for days, months, and even years isolated from the general public is very disturbing for our people who are in jail/prison.
- People who experience solitary confinement are more likely to develop anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and psychosis.
- Allowing incarcerated people to vote.Voting is a right that all citizens have and it shouldn’t be taking away because someone has entered the jail/prison system. We must ensure every American can vote.
- ICE uses cruel tactics to terrorize communities and separate families. We must End Mass Deportation and Abolish ICE. We also must end this cruel tactic of family separation.
- In favor of Rep. Pressley’s People’s Justice Guarantee. That will tackle the issues of the injustice legal system.