Your Voice is Needed for Smart Justice: Hearing Wed., Nov. 6
We’re part of the Smart Justice Campaign because PJALS members like you told us alternatives to incarceration and criminal justice reform are worth winning. Now is the time for us to spring into action together!
Your Voice is Needed at November 6th Hearing to
Join PJALS and the Smart Justice Campaign in calling for Smart Justice by:
In November 2012, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners and Mayor Condon appointed a joint City-County Regional Criminal Justice Commission charged with recommending reforms to our criminal justice system. The Commission’s final recommendations will provide “the to do list” for City and County elected officials to implement criminal justice reform.
The Smart Justice Campaign is focused on getting the CJC, who has been receptive to the campaign, to include our Policy Recommendations and Plan to Implement Regional Smart Justice in their recommendations. The Plan provides a framework for how to design a regional Smart Justice system that so that Smart Justice can be successful and sustainable, and includes recommendations on how to eliminate the disproportionate impact of our criminal justice system on people of color.
The Smart Justice Campaign is a broad, diverse coalition of 30 organizations, community members, and criminal justice professionals who have come together to reform our unfair criminal justice system. Instead of warehousing members of our community in jail, who pose no danger to our neighborhoods, we are urging our elected officials to spend our tax dollars on proven programs that are fiscally responsible, reduce crime, and create a thriving and healthy community.
The Smart Justice Campaign is advocating for an end to outdated polices that jail people for failing to pay fines and other non-violent behavior, and unjustly target communities of color, those of us living in poverty, and our neighbors with mental illness, addiction and disabilities. We are demanding that taxpayer dollars not be used to build more jail beds, but rather are invested in alternatives to incarceration and support services that hold people accountable for their behavior and provide opportunities to get better. Doing so will preserve jail beds for high-risk violent offenders who actually pose an imminent danger to our community, and change peoples’ lives so they can get out of the cycle of crime permanently.
This is Smart Justice and Spokane deserves it.
For more information on the Smart Justice Campaign, go to: www.smartjusticespokane.org