Issues of Emphasis
The role of the criminal justice system is to prevent crime and promote public safety. Current research indicates successful systems focus on pre-trial diversion, rehabilitation and preventing recidivism. Some communities experience excessive force and surveillance by the police. People waste away in prisons serving extreme sentences. A growing national bipartisan consensus exists that the current criminal justice system needs reform to ensure its constitutionality and cost effectiveness, community participation is essential.
The most effective criminal justice reforms consider the safety and well being of both peace officers and the communities they serve, especially people most impacted. It’s time to re-think the humanity of those who do harm, as well as understand the support — e.g. adequate training, clear performance standards, mental health services — required by law enforcement.
"It is our committee's goal to encourage everyone to reform the criminal justice system through education and advocacy."
Get involved in education and advocacy for criminal justice reform by joining LWVNC or join the next committee meeting. Visit our calendar for the next meeting
What We Can Do
LWVNC is hosting events, partnering with local groups and coalitions, holding workshops and forums, and taking action on state bills and local legislation, and more. There are many ways for you to get involved. We have an inclusive, open approach to organizing -- calling people into this work rather than creating barriers to participation -- so if you are new to these issues we want to be sure you begin by educating yourself. Learn from people who are most impacted by the criminal justice system. Be a good community member, by finding out who is already active in your circles and what they’re prioritizing and why. Support their work.
Get involved in education and advocacy for criminal justice reform:
Watch the LWVNC discussion with Chief of Police Jennifer Gonzales
For the California public: California Criminal Justice Committee main page
For Leagues & members outside of California: National League Engagement page