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4. Decarcerate

We need to reduce the number of people behind bars or under other forms of state control. That includes parole and probation.

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Photo: Isiah ThoughtPoet Veney

We know that mass incarceration has not made us safe. We know that the war on drugs criminalizes Black and Brown communities. And we know that we deserve a new system that doesn't target people by race or identity. Yet certain politicians and their corporate donors use fearmongering to divide us. 

We need to change the policies that send people to prisons and jails, and the policies that keep them there for years or decades. Community-based programs work to build real community safety. We need to bring people home and help them succeed. 

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