I will work tirelessly to ensure we are safe in our homes and on our streets by focusing on recidivism and prevention.
Although there have been numerous state laws and ballot measures in recent years to soften criminal penalties, to shift more responsibility to the counties and to encourage rehabilitation, California continues to imprison people of color at an unacceptably high rate. We cannot afford how much this costs our budget and our families.
Through my work as a jobs counselor, I know firsthand that the majority of folks imprisoned are already living in poverty and have experienced some type of trauma. Time spent in state and county custody should not create more trauma, but should be a path to rehabilitation. I will introduce legislation to ensure that California further implements reforms that help individuals heal, obtain an education, and learn a skill so that they can reenter society as healthy individuals ready to work and give back to their community.