CRIMINAL JUSTICE


The criminal justice system has always worked against Black people. It has begun to reach our schools by record number suspensions and criminal charges against our kids.  We have been, and still are, experiencing the criminalization of poverty through systems such as unfair bail practices. Most of our jails are filled with mostly Black non-violent offenders, which are the same non-violent crimes millions of people have lost their freedom too. We support the immediate release of all non-violent marijuana possession and use offenders. Today, businesses are profiting millions while other states are selling/using the same exact products that offenders are being incarcerated for. We demand an end to the criminalization, incarceration, and killing of our people. All around the country, Black children attend under-resourced schools where they are pushed off of an academic track to prison. The zero-tolerance policies, with a combination of exclusionary disciplinary policies and school arrests, are the first stops along the school-to-prison pipeline and play a crucial role in pushing students out of the school system and funneling them into jails and prisons. Over the last 40 years, the criminal legal system has expanded. There are 2.2 million people in prison, another 5 million on probation or parole and more than 65 million people with criminal record history in an electronic database. The overwhelming percentage of imprisoned people who are Black indicates the country‚Äôs attitude toward suppression and control as its primary modes of dealing with the issues created by social, political, and economic inequities.