Police Reform Policies
Over 40 years of research supports the conclusion that more restrictive use of force standards reduce police violence, yet that is not enough!
What we need is comprehensive reform beyond merely the Police! We need comprehensive reform of our entire society itself!
Critics may consider abolition of the need for police and prisons unrealistic and perhaps it is in today's world, but shouldn't that be our overriding goal for a better society and world!
Immediate Harm Reduction
Use of Force Policies Demilitarization DOJ Consent Decrees Police Union Contracts
Develop Comprehensive Community Safety
Divest from Police Invest in Community (Housing, Jobs, Education) Pay Living Wages Dramatically Reduce Jail and Prison Populations Restorative Justice
Move Society Toward Abolition
Fund Community Safety Defund Police End the Carceral State Resource Healthy Community Practices & Needs
END BROKEN WINDOW POLICY
A decades-long focus on policing minor crimes and activities - a practice called Broken Windows policing - has led to the criminalization and over-policing of communities of color and excessive force in otherwise harmless situations. These situations include minor offenses and harmless activities like sleeping in parks, possessing drugs, looking "suspicious" or having a mental health crisis.
These activities are often symptoms of underlying issues of drug addiction, homelessness, and mental illness which should be treated by healthcare professionals and social workers rather than the police.