End Overcriminalization

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As many as 100 million Americans now have a criminal record. Overcriminalization is the explosion of state, federal, and local laws and regulations that govern behavior that is not traditionally understood as criminal. These laws often exist without requisite elements of intent, are overly-broad, and are vaguely written.

What You Need to Know About Forfeiture:

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The American justice system is based around a simple yet powerful concept: “innocent until proven guilty.” The presumption of innocence ensures that citizens are given a fair shake. But in many states across the country, innocent Americans are being penalized for crimes they’ve never committed – sometimes at the expense of losing their cars and homes – without ever being charged with a crime, being heard by a judge, and without an opportunity to defend themselves. How is this happening? Through a process called civil asset forfeiture. What Is Civil Asset Forfeiture? Through civil asset forfeiture, law enforcement can seize property from a citizen based only on their suspicion that …

Reduce Jail and Prison Populations

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We have 2.3 million American adults incarcerated in prisons and jails nationwide. That means more than 1 in 100 adults is now behind bars in America, by far the highest rate of any nation. Prisons and jails in the United States have become overcrowded. And as they get stretched thin, they offer fewer programs aimed at rehabilitation.

Where Hillary Clinton Stands on Criminal Justice Reform

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March 26, 2015 We’re taking a look at where the 2016 Presidential Candidates stand on justice reform. See how the rest of them stack up. As First Lady, Hillary Clinton called for tougher sentencing laws while lobbying for President Bill Clinton’s 1994 omnibus crime bill. During the 2016 campaign, she has spoken about the need for reform on sentencing, mass incarceration, and drug laws. On sentencing and corrections reform: In the 1990s as First Lady, Clinton called for tougher prison sentences for repeat violent offenders, while lobbying for President Bill Clinton’s 1994 Violent Crime Control Act that increased funding for additional cops and extra prisons and imposed tougher prison sentences. …

Where Donald Trump Stands on Criminal Justice Reform

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March 26, 2015 We’re taking a look at where the 2016 Presidential Candidates stand on justice reform. See how the rest of them stack up. In the past, Donald Trump has downplayed concerns about the incarceration rate. More recently, he has been vocal about letting the police do their job to prevent violent crimes. On sentencing and corrections reform: In August 2015 on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Donald Trump said, in terms of violent offenses, “we have to get a lot tougher” and allow law enforcement to “do their job the way they know how to do it, they will stop the onslaught of crime in this country.” On non-violent crimes, Trump …