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…