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Invest in Safety & Criminal Justice Reform

Our criminal justice spends too much on locking people away without solving the deeper problems that create crime.   We need to change our approach to justice to ensure that our focus is on fairness, accountability, restitution, and rehabilitation. 

Reduce Gun Violence

Require background checks on guns

Restore 48 waiting period on gun purchases

Prevent people on no-fly list and domestic violence lists from purchasing firearms

Cracking down gun trafficking and straw purchasing laws to keep guns off our streets. 
Investing greater resources in underfunded gun violence intervention programs and youth services, such as street outreach and hospital-violence intervention programs. .

 

How?

Reduce Reckless Driving

Mobility and Safe Streets

For too long, Delaware’s transportation system has prioritized private automobile over all else. The results are a system of roads is packed with emission-spewing vehicles, and highways that frequently barrel through historically black and brown neighborhoods. In Westside of Wilmington, pedestrian safety needs to be prioritized, especially along Lincoln, Union, 4th, and 2nd streets, where accidents are prevalent. It’s time to invest in mobility improvements and create a safe, vibrant and accessible district for all. Mobility is opportunity, and our failed transportation policies have robbed too many people of opportunity.

  • Calm traffic to increase pedestrian safety – through actions such as implementing traffic-calming improvements, improving street labeling, and temporary curb bump outs.

  • Improve public transit access and mobility – make DART free for all, transition to 24-hour bus routes, increasing ADA accessibility on crosswalks, driveways, and intersections.

  • Increase curb appeal through beautification, cleaning, and public art.

  • Make it safe and easy to bike in the West Side.

Legalize Marijuana 

Advocate for revenue from legal marijuana to be reinvested in communities hit hardest by the war on drugs, especially African-American and other communities of color. 
With this revenue we can create grant programs to focus on businesses that are at least  51% owned or controlled by those in disproportionately impacted areas or individuals who have been arrested for or convicted of marijuana offenses.
Allocate funds for bilingual and multi-racial outreach to affected communities, including immigrant communities, to diversify economic development.

(CPTED)

Why?

Milwaukee needs the ability to ensure.

Investing in communities and implementing community-oriented economic development would be a good start to reducing crime.   The state can do more to support community-oriented policing efforts across the state.

Alternatives to incarceration include community service, d
rug courts, and mental health diversion.   Other things that we can do to reduce our prison population include: ending Mandatory Minimums to allow judges discretion in sentencing, ending Truth In Sentencing to enable well-qualified inmates the option of parole, and legalizing marijuana

 

Resources for Community Intervention Programs

Why?

Milwaukee needs the ability to ensure.

Investing in communities and implementing community-oriented economic development would be a good start to reducing crime.   The state can do more to support community-oriented policing efforts across the state.

Alternatives to incarceration include community service, d
rug courts, and mental health diversion.   Other things that we can do to reduce our prison population include: ending Mandatory Minimums to allow judges discretion in sentencing, ending Truth In Sentencing to enable well-qualified inmates the option of parole, and legalizing marijuana

 

Mentorship programs

Community Control of Police  

Why?

Milwaukee needs the ability to ensure.

For starters: officers need to live in the jurisdictions that they serve.  Second, we need to strengthen the capacity of our fire & police commission to investigate police injustice.


Alternatives to incarceration include community service, drug courts, and mental health diversion.   Other things that we can do to reduce our prison population include: ending Mandatory Minimums to allow judges discretion in sentencing, ending Truth In Sentencing to enable well-qualified inmates the option of parole, and legalizing marijuana

 

Strenghten Our Public Defender Program

Why?

Everyone has a right to a legal defense.  Unfortunately, our public defenders are over-worked and underpaid.  At the current pay rate, some counties are struggling to find lawyers willing to take on cases.  This gap is leaving defendants lawyerless, forcing them to remain in jail before the trial even longer and violating their constitutional right.  The pay rate private lawyers to take on public defense cases is too low to incentivize them.  It hasn't been raised in over 20 years.

How?

WI needs to hire more public defenders and to increase their pay.  This would improve our ability to attract qualified public defenders and decrease the workload, allowing more attention to each case.   We also need to increase the pay rate for private lawyers who are necessary to handle overflows.  The state needs to provide more financial support to counties to carry this out.

Invest in Alternatives to Incarceration

Why?

WI spends more on incarceration than on our Universities.  It's time to focus our resources on solving the actual causes of crime and focusing our criminal justice system on rehabilitation and restitution.   We must recognize that incarceration will not solve the problems of mental health issues and drug addictions.  Other tools and methods must be used.

How?

Investing in communities and implementing community-oriented economic development would be a good start to reducing crime.   The state can do more to support community-oriented policing efforts across the state.

Alternatives to incarceration include community service, d
rug courts, and mental health diversion.   Other things that we can do to reduce our prison population include: ending Mandatory Minimums to allow judges discretion in sentencing, ending Truth In Sentencing to enable well-qualified inmates the option of parole, and legalizing marijuana  Abolishing the use of cash bail

 

side. I support ending cash bail. I believe we should remove and divest all public money and end contracts with private prisons.

Stop Jailing Resident for Crimeless-Technocalities & Close MSDF

The Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) is a state prison managed by the WI Department of Corrections (DOC)that is mostly used to incarcerate people who were on probation, parole, or extended supervision but violated a rule that in and of itself was not a crime.  This practice, called crimeless revocation, has resulted in over 3000 people being incarcerated in this facility where there are no windows, outdoor recreation or human contact with loved ones.  Since 2001, 17 inmates at MSDF have died.  This prison and practice are not needed and they should both end.

Why?

How?

Legislation can be passed to change the practice of incarcerating people for crimeless revocations.  The state also can de-fund and order the closure of the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility.  

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