Adressing Institutional Racism
There has long been evidence of judicial misconduct and prejudice against minorities accused of crimes. As a coutnry, we must remain vigilant in efforts to fight racism in our justice system. The length of a prisoner's sentence should be based on their actions, not their skin color. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports any legislative effort geared towards eliminating racist practices from the justice system at the county, state and federal levels of the judiciary and law enforcement process.
Combating the Opioid Crisis
The opioid overdose epidemic across the United States must be one of our top law enforcement prioriities. Five people die from an overdose every hour, leaving children without parents, ravishing communities, and lining the pockets of drug dealers. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports: limitations on opioid prescirpitons to prevent unnecessary access to addictive painkillers, closing "pain clinics" suspected of loosely prescribing painkillers like fentanyl and hydrocodone, holding pharmacuetical companies responsible for their complacency in the opioid crisis, and appropriating funds to local law enforcement agencies to train officers how to handle dangerous opioids and adminsiter Narcan.
The Reagan-era drug war on cannibis that overtly targeted underprivileged communities must come to an end. The time has come to legalize cannbiis now that there is data supporting claims that cannibinoids have positive medical benefits, legal cannibis sales generate millions in state tax revenue and cannbis can be used safely. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports: federal legalization and decriminalization of cannibis, the release of prisoners charged with first-time, low-amount cannibis possession charges, the expunction of said criminal charges, and allowing states to tax marijuana sales.
Prison System Reforms
While it is the responsibility of government to enforce the law against those who break it, this responsibility can be done with dignity. The punishment and rehabilitation of people that break the law should be done with respect towards the imprisoned. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports: restoring voting rights to released felons, allowing citizens imprisoned for nonviolent offenses to vote using an absentee ballot, ensuring female prisoners have access to feminine hygiene products at no cost to them, enacting the reforms of the FIRST STEP Act.
Ending Cash Bail
Cash bail is essentially a form of wage discrimination, allowing the upper class to avoid jail time while awaiting trial. This flawed program introduced a vein of inequality into the justice system that some states have tried to rectify. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports bail programs that evaluate prisoners based on their risk to public safety and the likelihood of not appearing in court, rather than on his or her ability to post a certain bail amount.
Ending Private Prisons
Private prisons have only one motive: to make a profit. They have no incentive to promote justice or rehabilitation to those incarcerated, only to profitably house them . This is often done with little to no respect for the overall well-being of the prisoners. This conflict of interest creates a lack of accountability, and Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports the abolition of private prisons.
Friends of Intelligent Democracy is focused on espousing responsible and compassionate immigration policy that benefits humanity as a whole. Friends of Intelligent Democracy is also passionate about fighting discriminatory and nativist immigration policies and advocating for those who are unable to protect themselves. Ultimately, we hope to bridge the gap between politics and people and develop responsible policies for the betterment of our country and all of its residents. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports: protecting working immigrants by preventing employers from abuse and harassment, creating paths to legal immigration for illegal immigrants that have made productive, law-abiding lives for themselves since entering the United States, enforcing policies that treat immigrants and asylum seekers as human being and not caged animals, allowing DACA recipients to become American citizens and no longer live in fear of deportation.