Justice is a human right.
Our criminal justice system is broken. It targets the poor, learning impaired, and mentally unhealthy for monetary penalties and imprisonment. It views ordinary citizens as potential criminals, and respects the rights and safety of trained professionals over those of regular people.
Over 5% of all people currently living in Illinois are incarcerated or are on parole.
80% of those we incarcerate will commit a crime after being released.
60% of Illinois’s incarcerated population has a learning disability, behavioral disability, or an addiction to a chemical substance.
Scientific research has shown confinement to be psychologically damaging even for the most educated and mentally prepared individuals.
Poor people that cannot afford bail can be held for months without conviction while prosecutors and police departments delay their trial.
We need to reimagine, not just reform, our system of justice.
Daniel has a plan to end our system of mass criminalization and incarceration within a single generation. By the year 2050, Cook County will imprison its citizens at only 1/5th the rate we do today, and primarily as a matter of public safety. Achieving this will take a combination of economic and inter-office efforts, affecting everything from education to public transit.
Bring an end to over policing by…
Disassociating police funding from tickets, fines, seizures, and arrests.
Redefining what constitutes a reasonable use of force.
Retraining police towards ensuring public safety and improving community health.
Utilize public resources to uphold the law rather than enforce it.
Respond to substance abuse and mental health issues with treatment rather than punishment.
Refer those who commit minor to medium disturbances in our communities to social workers, psychologists, or other health professionals rather than criminal prosecution.
Recognize the psychological damage incarceration can cause, especially in the uneducated or mentally unwell, and limit its application to cases of public safety.
Maintain basic human rights for all, including those that break the law.
Allowing properly trained parole officers to decide when past crimes need to be disclosed or when they can be withheld.
Granting to everyone, even the worst among us, the basic human right of a vote.