Criminal Justice Reform
The criminal justice system--from policing and sentencing, to mass incarceration and barriers to reentry-- is rooted in inequality and abuse, with a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low-income communities. Women of color are overrepresented in jails and prisons, and also bear the brunt of the impact of incarceration on children and families. We need a justice system that supports, not erodes, community safety. This includes dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline; ending racial profiling and stop and frisk policies; police accountability and increased training; reforming mandatory minimum sentencing, especially related to the ‘war on drugs’; ending privatization of prisons; supporting women’s reproductive health access while incarcerated; ending discrimination and abuse of LGBTQ people; and promoting successful reentry for individuals and their families.