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Positions on Justice
Expectations of Justice
Because we believe that…
- No one deserves to be measured only by the worst thing she or he has ever done.
- Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and have his or her human rights preserved.
- Justice systems should be restorative rather than retributive.
- There is no way to create a perfectly safe world. Expecting that of our justice systems leads to policies that are counterproductive.
- Detention must be justified by a legitimate public safety concern.
- Those who are incarcerated should have all of the resources they need to turn their lives around.
- No one should be incarcerated for his or her immigration status.
- National and international human rights documents provide a sound basis for ensuring that justice systems meet these goals.
- The politics of fear should not be allowed to influence sentencing practices or parole policies.
- All efforts should be made to depoliticize justice system offices.
- Drug use should be decriminalized and treated as a public health issue.
- All juvenile cases should be handled in the juvenile system that is geared toward rehabilitation and education rather than incarceration.
- We therefore believe that the following practices should define our justice systems with respect to…
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