Drug laws enacted in the 80’s and 90’s allowed for and encouraged selective enforcement against Black and Brown people and increased prosecution and incarceration of many more people, as the laws were used to criminalize people instead of preventing the health and mental health needs underlying the actions.
JustLeadershipUSA was founded on the belief that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. We work to ensure directly impacted Leaders have the resources and tools that enable them to drive policy reforms that will cut the United States correctional population in #halfby2030.
Knowledge is one of the greatest tools when advocating for criminal justice reform. Knowing that the United States currently incarcerates nearly 2.3 million people or that 4.5 million people are on probation or parole is the first step towards decarceration and cutting the correctional population in #halfby2030. Below you will find a repository of downloadable briefs curated by our Policy Team explaining our findings and recommendations on various national and statewide policies. We hope Leaders across the country use them as a resource in their advocacy efforts.
Punitive and oppressive supervision practices, namely parole and probation, have been increasingly utilized either as an addendum or as a replacement to incarceration as local, state, and federal leaders advocate for justice reform.
JLUSA’s mission is to cut the number of people under correctional control in half by 2030 - under the leadership of people who have been impacted by the system - and to center human dignity. Risk Assessment Tools, or RATs, exacerbate structural racism and economic inequalities, and do not bring us closer to achieving our mission.