The criminal justice system in America is broken. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world—although the U.S. only accounts for 4.4 percent of the world's population, it is responsible for 22 percent of the Earth's prisoners. As much as one fifth of these prisoners are incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses. Furthermore, although there are five times more white people than black people in the United States, black people account for the highest percentage of the incarcerated population. As much as three quarters of inmates released from State prisons will reoffend and return to prison within five years. The United States also incarcerates the largest juvenile population in the world, and even tries juveniles as adults in some circumstances.
Our mission as the Criminal Justice Reform group is to advocate for comprehensive criminal justice reform to help solve some of the pressing issues in the U.S. Criminal Justice System.
- Speak to San Jose Chief of Police to understand the depth of the issues in Criminal Justice, specifically pertaining to youth
- Visit the Delancey Street Foundation to further our understanding of criminal rehabilitation
- Advocate for Criminal Justice Bills in Washington D.C.