Justice Reform

The United States has the largest prison population in the world, with 2.2 million people incarcerated in county, state, and federal prisons. In fact, American prisoners make up 25% of the world’s incarcerated population, while we only have 5% of the world’s population. We have the highest incarceration rate, and we have one of the highest rates of people killed at the hands of law enforcement officials. Our system focuses on punitive measures that create cycles of incarceration that disproportionately affect black and brown communities, rather than focusing on rehabilitating people. 

 

Our politicians in Palm Beach County, both Democratic and Republican, have benefited from the status quo criminal justice system by taking money from organizations that support it, and advocating for policies that maintain this system or through silence when solutions are offered. Unfortunately, we have an incumbent here in Palm Beach County, Rep. Lois Frankel, who has not led with compassion. Frankel has: personally invested in private prisons, taken payday lender campaign money, and even voted to kick out homeless feeding areas from West Palm Beach.

As your representative in Congress, Guido will fight for: 

  • Campaign finance reform. Guido will work to change the current campaign finance system, removing the ability for industries like private prisons, gun companies, and other corporations to influence policy.

  • Repeal the 1994 Crime Bill. This bill's approach has been a well-documented failure. Many of the provisions have led to longer prison sentences, more incarcerations, and more private prisons. This bill should be replaced with a policy that does not reinforce the school-to-prison pipeline. 

  • Prohibiting private prisons. Nobody should profit from incarcerations. The private prison industry continues to expand its hold on immigrant and other detention centers. Private prisons and related industries not only benefit from incarcerations, they actively lobby and finance politicians at all levels of government to maintain and expand this industry, and this cannot continue. 

  • Ending the War on Drugs. The “War on Drugs” did not lead to decreased drug use and fewer convictions, it contributed to mass incarcerations that affect black and brown communities most. Guido believes in ending the “War on Drugs” by legalizing marijuana and expunging past convictions. Guido will fight a model that focuses on rehabilitation rather than incarceration. 

  • Deescalation and advanced training. Guido believes in de-escalation training for our law enforcement officers. Many countries teach police officers to use time, communication, and space to avoid physical confrontations between police officers and civilians. Additionally, many countries offer their police officers two to three times as many hours of advanced training in these areas than average U.S. police courses, giving their officers more skills to handle complex situations outside of using force. 

  • Ending civil asset forfeiture. Guido believes in ending civil asset forfeiture, a practice where law enforcement officials can seize property suspected is involved in an illegal activity, even if the person who owns the property is not yet charged.

  • Expanding sentencing alternatives and ending excessive sentencing. Prison populations have a mental health illness rate of two-to-six times higher than the general population. Guido believes that we need to work towards new alternatives for crime sentences; where we can, we should divert people with mental illness and addiction issues who commit crimes into treatment programs, not prison.  Not only are some of these methods more effective, they also cost society far less, freeing up resources for education, infrastructure, health care, and other initiatives. 

  • Abolishing the death penalty. Guido believes that capital punishment is cruel and immoral, and that our criminal justice system suffers severe race bias. Despite being 13% of the US population, African Americans make up 42% of people on death row. The criminal justice system disproportionately executes Black Americans and Latino’s compared to white counterparts. Poor individuals are more likely to be on death row than people who have the funds for strong representation. Justice should not be determined based on race or income. And finally, we know from the Innocence Project, that the death penalty kills innocent people. For every nine people executed, one person has been exonerated.

  • Corey Jones Act. This bill prohibits the award of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant funding to local police departments that do not ban plain-clothes officers from engaging in routine traffic stops in unmarked vehicles.

  • Ban choke holds and neck-pressure tactics that would restrict airways. Guido will work for more humane law enforcement tactics. 

  • Ending 13th-amendment-sanctioned prison-labor. Frequently, those who work while in prison make less than a dollar an hour, meaning prisoners are not protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal law that established a minimum wage. Those who work in prison are also exempt from U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration protections, and this is unacceptable. We must put an end to slave-like labor in our prisons. 

Guido Weiss

- Democrat for Congress - 

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