Decrease the Role of Law Enforcement
The role of law enforcement has grown exponentially over time, along with astounding budgets that drain state and local revenues. Rather than focusing on serious crimes and true threats to community safety, law enforcement is responsible for addressing an expansive array of quality-of-life issues that they are not fit to handle. To address this problem, Reimagine Justice & Safety advocates to decrease the role of law enforcement in communities. Rather than having officers address nearly every social problem, we aim to build an ecosystem of care-based services and supports that prevent harm from occurring and address the root causes of safety concerns. A new, common-sense approach to safety would prioritize supporting unhoused people through outreach workers and permanent supportive housing. It would make behavioral health professionals first responders to mental health crises. And, marginalized communities would have more organizers, equity advocates, and violence interventionists than police and probation officers.