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In the United States – the land of the free – we hold the highest incarceration rate in the world, beating Cuba (2nd), and Rwanda (3rd). One in five of the more than 2 million Americans locked away in our prisons are nonviolent drug offenders. Learn more about this epidemic in the report “Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016.”

Find out how our candidates plan to address this vital issue destroying our communities.


Hillary Clinton – Democratic Party

People are crying out for criminal justice reform. Families are being torn apart by excessive incarceration. Young people are being threatened and humiliated by racial profiling. Children are growing up in homes shattered by prison and poverty. They’re trying to tell us. We need to listen.
~ Hillary Clinton on Criminal Justice Reform, July 8, 2016
Learn more at http://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/criminal-justice-reform/

Jill Stein – Green Party

End police brutality and mass incarceration. Create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to understand and eliminate the legacy of slavery that lives on as pervasive racism in the economy, education, housing and health. Ensure that communities control their police rather than police controlling our communities, by establishing police review boards and full time investigators to look in to all cases of death in police custody. Demilitarize the police.
~ Jill Stein on Racial Justice Now
Learn more at http://www.jill2016.com/plan


Gary Johnson – Libertarian Party

How is it that the United States, the land of the free, has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world? The answer is simple: Over time, the politicians have “criminalized” far too many aspects of people’s personal lives.
~ Gary Johnson on Criminal Justice Reform
Learn more at http://www.johnsonweld.com/criminal_justice_reform


Donald Trump – Republican Party

Trump doesn’t address mass incarceration on his party’s official website. Instead he focuses on law enforcement respect.

In a Meet the Press 2015 interview, he said the following about white police officers shooting unarmed blacks:
It’s a massive crisis. It’s a double crisis. I look at these things, I see them on television. And some horrible mistakes are made. But at the same time, we have to give power back to the police because crime is rampant. I believe very strongly that we need police…
~ Donald Trump, August 2, 2015
Learn more at http://www.ontheissues.org/Celeb/Donald_Trump_Crime.htm