Testimony on SB 3 before the House Criminal Justice Committee (Nov. 2020)
November 17, 2020
We all want law enforcement and courts we can trust to treat us fairly and hold the powerful accountable. But too often our justice system is used to do injustice—especially to Black people and other communities of color. Throughout the state, we arrest, prosecute and incarcerate too many of our neighbors. We crowd them into prisons and jails and detention centers where disease spreads quickly, turning short sentences into death sentences. The billions we spend on locking people away are billions we should instead use to treat addiction and mental illness, create jobs and improve schools: the kinds of public investments that actually reduce crime. With smart, compassionate policy, we can build a more just justice system in Ohio.
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