Liberation Education Action Research Network/LEARN
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My vision of a new criminal justice system would result in a new system of justice as healing, transformation, and restoration. All laws, policies, and procedures would be written to benefit the poor and the working classes. Instead of law enforcement officers aka police, we would have well-paid and well-educated community responders. Instead of prisons, we would have intense systems of rehabilitation, mental health, and re-education for violent offenders that would replace present-day prisons. Those who were incarcerated for non-violent offenses would be housed in re-education programs until they complete their chosen courses of study along with restorative processes to repair the harms caused by their crimes. First responder courses of studies would be offered for those interested in this group who could choose to return to their communities with jobs as first responders in cases where non-violent crimes, natural disasters, and other crisis events were occurring. The group of people incarcerated for drug usage would all be freed but required to get drug and alcohol treatment programs and then be offered education programs to build job skills in whatever majors they choose. Norway and the Netherlands are already providing models like what I recommend here.
Additionally, there would be basic income programs for the poor generally along with national health care, housing for the homeless, and free educational programs in a poverty reduction program that would surely reduce crime. Local schools would offer community responder training, conflict resolution skills, and non-violent mediation at the high school level so that those students interested could become community responders with restorative, non-violent approaches.
The US can afford to invest in poverty reduction along with transformative and restorative models of justice with a fraction of the money it is using to fund its wars and corporate subsidies.