BENEFITING: CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY COALITION INC
The Coalition is guided by these principles:
Prisons should be reserved for only the most serious crimes. We should develop a wide range of alternatives to incarceration which would be less costly and more effective than prisons in rehabilitating offenders and holding them accountable through fines, community service and restitution to victims.
Mandatory minimum sentences should be eliminated in order to restore judicial discretion, reduce discriminatory prosecution, and relieve dangerous overcrowding in our prisons.
Prisons should be administered not to inflict additional punishment, but to provide a safe, humane environment, to preserve family ties and prepare prisoners to return to society. To this end, prisoners should be offered education, job training, drug and mental health treatment, and progressively more freedom and responsibilities within the institutions.
Contact with family and community should be encouraged and full use made of work release, pre-release, furloughs, and halfway houses.
Drug addiction is more effectively addressed as a health, rather than a criminal problem. Resources devoted to interdiction and law enforcement could be better spent on prevention, education and comprehensive drug treatment.
The death penalty has no place in society.
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