Criminal justice policies should be smart-on-crime. The latest technologies and evidence should be used to ensure that we use our limited law enforcement resources as effectively as possible to reduce crime without pursuing harsh policies that don’t make us safer but cost communities and taxpayers dearly.
A smart-on-crime approach is also soft on taxpayers. In the justice system, tax dollars are better spent on programs that hold people proportionately accountable for breaking the law while maximizing their opportunity to improve their lives. Spending millions of dollars on over-incarceration does neither, nor does it make us safer.
We seek a criminal justice system that respects human dignity, ensures equal justice under the law, and keeps communities safe. These goals are not mutually exclusive. Each is necessary to achieve the other.
Luckily, there are many lawmakers who understand this and have shown their commitment to supporting criminal justice reform. Encourage your lawmakers to continue supporting these policies going forward.