I believe that the United States is in desperate need of comprehensive criminal justice reform. The U.S. is home to about five percent of the world’s population, but about twenty-five percent of the world’s prison population.
Every year, the U.S. government spends billions of dollars to imprison millions of individuals, many convicted only of low-level drug and immigration related offenses.
I intend to fight for those individuals’ constitutional right to liberty in Congress by supporting the eradication of the private prison industrial complex, by promoting of sentencing, bail, and juvenile justice reform, and by pushing for programs which assist those leaving prison in their efforts to re-integrate into their communities and to live happy, healthy, and productive lives as free men and women.
I also stand in strong support of restoring voting rights after a person who made mistakes but has served their time and paid their debt to society. This fall I will vote yes in Florida on the Voter Restoration Amendment, which will automatically restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences, completed parole or probation and paid restitution.
I stand for the belief that the doors of opportunity should be thrown equally wide for all Americans and that Congress must take swift action to remedy the damage to lives and to opportunity done by our criminal justice system.