TACKLING MASS INCARCERATION
Alabama has received national attention for the state of its prisons and a federal judge has called inmate care “horrendously inadequate.” In the 2018 Legislative Session, a bill passed the House but failed to pass the Senate that would have redefined Alabama’s juvenile justice system - we must do better.
Mass incarceration raises serious issues of social justice, because it has been heavily skewed toward poor minority men with less than high school educational attainments. African American male high school dropouts are one hundred times more likely to be sent to prison than college-educated white men. We must reform Alabama’s juvenile justice system.
Some states are eliminating provisions that allow police to seize property without securing a criminal conviction. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 11, states: "Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense." As your State Representative, I will oppose the use of civil asset forfeiture without securing a criminal conviction.