Criminal Justice

Drug use and homelessness should not be a crime, and jails should not serve as a substitute for mental health or homeless facilities.  We need venues other than the detention system, such as alternative treatment courts, to channel drug addicts, people suffering from mental illness and the homeless into programs that can facilitate their transition to productive and healthy members of our communities.  Detention facilities should not be private; profiting off of jails provides a perverse incentive to keep people incarcerated.