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Goals

One

Replace punitive school suspension and expulsion practices with restorative justice practices, including K-12 social-emotional student-centered curriculum that is supported by services addressing community and family challenges. 

Two

Embrace new scientific understanding of the developing brain, acknowledging that our brains do not fully develop until age 25. Existing laws designate age 20 as the legal parameter for full brain development, which impacts juvenile sentencing requirements. Updating laws to reflect this new scientific understanding allows for resentencing and more humane and equitable justice.

Three

Revisit state sentencing laws, including early release mechanisms and the availability of parole and clemency. Each state has different barriers, challenges and processes. Given the campaign’s direct connection to Washington, our request to bring back parole nationwide will start in Olympia, as we build a coalition of partners already involved in this issue.

Four

Amplify and scale prisoner-initiated programs focused on academic achievement and emotional well-being, which can reduce recidivism rates and increase chances of a fulfilling life after release. 

Black men are almost six times as likely to be incarcerated as white men and Latinos are almost 2.5 times as likely.

How You Can Help

  • School

  • Community Center or Organization

  • Correctional facility (Adult/Juvenile)

  • Place of worship

  • Legislature and Legal Organizations

  • Public Health Centers

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