Criminal Justice Reform

The broken criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, and low-income communities. It is a cause of family dysfunction, fuels the cycle of poverty, and exacerbates the racial wealth gap. As Mayor, Marilyn endorsed I-940, the voter approved state-wide initiative requiring police de-escalation training and redefining intent in cases of use of deadly force. She also lobbied for and supported Department of Justice funding in support of community-based policing.

In Congress, Marilyn will support legislation to reduce sentencing for low-level drug offenders and bills to shift the power in our criminal justice system away from the prison industrial complex. She supports legalizing marijuana and banning cash bail for non-violent offenses, and will seek to end the school-to-prison pipeline through supporting focused interventions and funding for programs which combat disproportionate discipline.

We also need a justice system that focuses on helping people re-enter society, rather than setting them up to fail. Marilyn will fight to reduce restrictions on housing and occupational licensing for returning citizens and decriminalize mental health crises and mental illness. She will also advocate for programs that restore voting rights to people who have completed their sentences.