Incarceration is very costly. County jails are packed with people awaiting trial because they can’t post cash bail. Prisons are overcrowded with people who have minor non-violent offenses. Those with addictions are being sent to jail rather than treatment.
Changes must include a collaboration of lawmakers, the justice system, law enforcement and community leaders. I will support bail reform measures, a sentencing overhaul, and statewide initiatives to assist those whose productive lives have derailed due to substance dependency.