Crime and Incarceration

The United States has by far the highest incarceration rate in the world--with 5% of the world’s population, we have 25% of the world’s prisoners.  

While crime has many causes, I believe all crime must be dealt with firmly and fairly across all income levels and races. There is and has been an  absolute lack of felony convictions of business executives for gaming the system that has  very, very deeply hurt American Families. The disproportionately high imprisonment rates for black and poor Americans is wrong.

  • I support much stronger prosecution of white collar crimes like the crimes  that caused the last recession.  This free pass for the rich and influential is criminal and immoral.     
  • I support significant reform of our criminal justice system and investment in jobs and education for our young people. We need to create opportunities that keep them out of jail, not more jails and time behind bars.
  • I support strong rehabilitation, education, and employment training in prison paid for in part by treating a portion of the cost of training as a loan owed by the prisoners for those who are able to obtain good-paying jobs. I oppose the death penalty and believe that the most severe punishment our judicial system has the authority to give is life in prison without parole. We do not have the right to take any life.
  • I strongly support measures like LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) and restorative justice practices to reduce incarnation, and providing effective rehabilitation that significantly reduces the chance of future criminal activity and for those incarcerated.
  • I oppose any solitary confinement for mentally ill or pregnant prisoners and a maximum of 15 days every 6 months for all other prisoners. Solitary confinement was banned early in the history of our country because it was realized that it caused insanity in prisoners.