Criminal Justice Reform

I believe our criminal justice system needs reform. From police encounters to juvenile justice we need to change the laws in order to protect civil rights and civil liberties. I believe in restorative justice and using strategies that work to increase public safety and public health. In the State Senate I will:

  1. Treat substance abuse as a public health problem and not a criminal justice problem
  2. Make substance abuse treatment available to all who need it
  3. Continue to build bi-partisan coalitions to "raise the age" and reinstate judicial review for anyone under 18 charged as an adult
  4. Restore community-based funding for prisoner re-entry, connecting returning citizens with access to housing and employment
  5. Improve police training standards to include cultural competency, mental health, and violence de-escalation
  6. Improve conditions in Michigan prisons