We should always make sure that we are not needlessly making people who are incarcerated more vulnerable and traumatized. We should instead try to make sure people live as normally as possible while confined; have the opportunity to strengthen their connection to our democracy; and can become healthier, more connected people when they return to their families and communities.
- Provide real access to medical care in prisons and jails, including addiction and mental health treatment as well as medication for overdoses.
- End solitary confinement; a barbaric practice that needlessly makes people more vulnerable and traumatized at a point when they need the exact opposite.
- Guarantee the right to vote and meaningful access to voting for all voting-age citizens, including incarcerated people.
- Provide educational and vocational training, and mental health and addiction treatment, to all people locked in jail and prison.
- Pay all incarcerated people real wages for labor.
- End the use of lifetime offense-based registries and mandatory residency restrictions, two absolutist practices that create needless stigma and cruelty, ultimately making people less stable and undermining their ability to lead productive lives in the community.
- Ensure that data, including demographic information, regarding all aspects of the criminal legal system — such as arrests, prosecution decisions, law enforcement discipline and internal investigation records, and incarceration — is public and easily accessible to all.
- Shorten the length of probation and other forms of community supervision so that terms are no longer than necessary to protect the physical safety of the community.
- Make sure that all people incarcerated in prison and jail have access to free phone calls and in-person visitation.