Criminal Justice Reform
Our criminal justice system should keep communities safe, treat people fairly, and use fiscal resources wisely.
Yet more people in our state and country are deprived of their liberty than ever before — unfairly and unnecessarily, with no benefit to public safety. From instances of police brutality, to systemic inequities produced by overly-punitive sentencing laws and guidelines, to the barriers to jobs, education, and housing posed by a criminal record — the devastating consequences of our harsh, ineffective, and costly criminal justice system have fallen overwhelmingly on low-income people and communities of color.
Through public education, grassroots organizing, and legal action, the ACLU of Delaware takes a comprehensive approach to reform, all the way from the “front” to the “back” end of the criminal justice system. We work to hold police accountable, protect the rights of those incarcerated, reform harsh sentencing laws, end unjust practices like cash bail, combat racial inequities, and push for investments in alternatives to incarceration.
What You Need to Know
- 3,278At least 3,278 people were serving life sentences without parole for drug, property, and other nonviolent crimes in 2012.
- 2.3 million2.3 million people are incarcerated in the U.S.—triple the number of prisoners we had in 1987.
- $80 billionThe U.S. spends over $80 billion on incarceration each year.
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- August 10, 2016