Criminal Justice Reform
Mass incarceration and increased felony charges on lower income individuals and families have disenfranchised thousands of citizens. Progress for All sums up my view that “we should restore voting rights for non-violent felons who have served their time and otherwise completed their sentences, … oppose private prisons and for-profit policing practices,” and “hard drug use should be viewed as a public health problem, requiring resources for rehabilitation.”
- End For-Profit/Private Prisons and ICE Deportation Facilities
- Restore Felon Voting Rights
- Provide County Support for Cities Opening Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
I am currently organizing a panel of city commissioners from Margate, Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, and Coral Springs for a forum on the challenges of implementing medical Marijuana and city dispensaries. As soon as all commissioners agree on a date, I will facilitate a public forum to discuss how the county can support city dispensaries and their concern with increased crime. More updates to follow.
- Prevent Incarceration for Non-Violent, Low-Level Offenses and Lower Arrest Priority on Marijuana
I will create a Criminal Justice Reform Advisory Board to study how law enforcement and the court system will end arrests for these offenses and fix our bail system, which disproportionately affects low-income individuals and families by keeping them in jail on low bonds. This issue not only hurts our residents, but is a large burden on our county and its taxpayers.
- Develop More Resources for Mental Health, Ending Homelessness, and Opioid and Drug/Addiction Rehabilitation and Recovery Programs
According to Broward County’s Continuum of Care Administrator Michael Wright, “In terms of additional funding, it will take approximately $10.5M. Broken out by $9M in new recurring funding Permanent Supportive Housing (permanent housing vouchers and supportive services) assistance for homeless persons with disabilities; and approximately $1.5M in new recurring funding for Rapid Rehousing (short-term housing assistance and supportive services) assistance.” This is a solvable problem.
The opioid epidemic, which should be a national emergency, is estimated to claim 1,000 residents in Broward County this year. In additional to appointing a task force, we need to follow our neighboring counties, which have made considerable strides in addressing this crisis.