The mass criminalization of everyday life and the militarized over-policing of communities has destroyed families and made communities less safe. The “War on Drugs” and the “War on Gangs” continue to guarantee that the U.S. imprisons more people—over 2 million—than any other country. Our community is located in a county that operates one of the largest adult jail systems in the nation and about 44% of those jail beds are filled with people who await trial because they cannot afford bail.
“Generate Justice” demands a fundamental transformation of our social and economic ecosystem that prevents violence and raises the value of life, as well as the potential to heal. We demand a new justice, a reimagined justice, that generates true safety, restoration, and resources for addiction and mental health, one in which the replication of violence is absent.