More Community Based Policing is a Must

If you are poor and you live in certain zip codes…

If you are in pain and struggle with substance use disorder…

If your life’s traumas have bred mental health issues…

 

Your likelihood of encountering the police, the prosecutor, and the public defender is drastically increased. WE KNOW, that being locked up is one of the greatest detrimental forces to a person already struggling with poverty, addiction or mental health. If we’re serious about public safety and making sure our children can play safely in the streets, then we need to critically examine what we’re doing to support the rehabilitation of people who are entering and exiting the criminal justice system.

 

Incarceration doesn’t happen in a silo. Today’s criminal justice system takes those who are the most disadvantaged, and in the name of justice, actually creates conditions where those people have less ability to rise above their own personal struggles; oftentimes the very struggles that lead to the choices that got them arrested in the first place.

 

Consider the study that found a correlation between short jail stays and recidivism: individuals who spent just 3 nights behind bars had a 40% increase in the likelihood they’d commit a future offense, while those who spent 5 nights locked up had their recidivism rate projection increase to over 50%. Those numbers are not good news, but I can assure you, those numbers are something we’re changing by implementing data-driven policies and reforming the injustices of cash bail for low-level, non-violent offenses.

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