Criminal Justice Reform
Ending Mass Incarceration
Rhode Island spends more on the Department of Corrections than we do on public higher education. That is simply insane. Our current regime of mass incarceration addresses issues of poverty, underemployment, substance abuse, and mental illness in the most expensive, least effective, and most harmful way, and we know the damage of this system is disproportionately centered on families and communities of color. It's far past time for some big changes.
As our State Representative, Aaron will...
- Fight to lower our incarcerated population and reinvest the resulting savings in programs that actually work - mental health services, substance abuse counseling, education, and youth employment programming.
- Expand juvenile expungement options. Reform solitary confinement procedures, which research has shown can be extremely psychologically damaging.