The recent numbers from the U.S. Sentencing Commission about the early results of the First Step Act are very encouraging. More than 7,000 non-violent offenders are now back with their families.
But much more is needed. There are still nearly 160,000 people in federal prisons, with roughly 70,000 of them incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses. All of this violates the Constitution, which granted no authority for drug prohibition or federal prisons, and little scope for federal crimes other than treason. Matters of criminal law were to have been left to the states.
Meanwhile, another report from the National Registry of Exonerations tells us that one-half of all innocent people in prison were placed there because of police or prosecutorial misconduct. The need for more criminal justice reform is clearly very great.
That’s why, if elected president, I will…
- Pardon non-violent drug offenders
- Work to end drug prohibition, no-knock raids, and asset forfeiture
- End the militarization of the police
- Support the Ending Qualified Immunity Act, so that our police officers behave more prudently.
My proposals for criminal justice reform are far more thorough than anything offered by Trump or Biden.