They have committed to:
- End the war on poverty, stop punishing people for being poor and end cash bail
- Treat children like children by ending the practice of charging kids as adults
- Decarcerate and expand alternatives to jails and prisons like restorative justice, rehabilitation programs
- Hold police accountable
STATE ATTORNEYS IN FLORIDA
When it comes to the criminal justice system, we know that people of color in our communities are disproportionately arrested, prosecuted and sentenced. These decisions about our lives: who gets to be free and who gets put in a cell, are made by our State Attorney. State Attorneys are the most powerful actors in the criminal justice system. They decide who gets locked up, for what, and how long.
In districts all over Florida, “tough on crime” prosecutors have been responsible for funneling mass amounts of Black and Latino people into jail cells and it has been absolutely detrimental to our families and communities. Florida’s incarceration rate is 19% higher than the national average, and Black Floridians made up 47% of the Florida prison population in 2016, despite making up only 17% of the overall population. In our biggest counties, the majority of people sitting in jail have been granted bail but cannot leave because they cannot afford to pay.
Things can be different. Across the country, people like us have elected State Attorneys that don’t see shoving tons of people into cages as a success. Across the country, progressive prosecutors have ended cash bail and pre-trial detention so that people aren’t in cages because they’re poor. Across the country, low level offenses have been decriminalized so that police aren’t arresting our young people into jail for dime bags of weed. Across the country, progressive prosecutors are sending people who come into contact with the system to alternative programs that get at the root of why people turn to crime. It’s time to bring these changes from across the country home to Florida.
ON AUGUST 18TH, ALL OF OUR STATE ATTORNEYS ARE UP FOR RE-ELECTION.
We have an opportunity to choose new State Attorneys who believe that our system is broken and will work hard to end the cycle.