Lower Incarceration Rates Related to Drug Wars

Lower Incarceration Rates Related to Drug Wars

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Kara Medina started this petition to State Senator Martin A. Sandoval and

The Problem: 

The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world, about 25% of the criminals in the prisons were put there due to the war on drugs. There are many unjust drug laws and sentencing that people of color face meaning that black and latinx people are more likely to be criminalized.

Key Facts (From the Drug Policy Alliance):

  • There were more than 1.5 million drug arrests in the U.S. in 2016. The vast majority – more than 80% – were for possession only.
  • People of color experience discrimination at every stage of the judicial system and are more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested, convicted, harshly sentenced and saddled with a lifelong criminal record. This is particularly the case for drug law violations.
  • Research shows that prosecutors are twice as likely to pursue a mandatory minimum sentence for black people as for white people charged with the same offense. Among people who received a mandatory minimum sentence in 2011, 38% were Latino and 31% were black.

Solutions:

  • Decriminalize possession of drugs which would greatly help lower the number of people incarcerated.
  • Eliminate unjust policies that result in unreasonable arrests such as getting rid of mandatory minimums and sentencing disparities along with changing police practices.
  • Eradicate policies that don't allow people with a record to have key rights and opportunities such as voting and employment.

Please help us show public officials that we want to create a fair and equal justice system by supporting this petition!!

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