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Criminal Justice

Our criminal justice system is in need of reform. The mass incarceration of non-violent offenders costs taxpayers billions of dollars and has disproportionately impacted people of color, low-income individuals, and those struggling with mental health concerns.

Non-violent drug users and those who have committed minor crimes because of mental health afflictions can greatly benefit from addiction recovery or mental health treatment options. John supports legislation that seeks these types of alternatives to prison sentences for certain non-violent offenders. He supports H.R. 1227, The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, which was introduced in the House earlier this year. This bill would remove marijuana from the list of schedule I controlled substances. It would decriminalize the use and distribution of marijuana in states where its use are permitted for medical or recreational purposes, while keeping in place criminal penalties for those who knowingly ship or distribute marijuana to states where its use is illegal.

John supports our law enforcement officials and will ensure that they are held to the highest standards of service. He strongly believes in the benefits of community policing and will support the funding of programs and equipment needed by law enforcement agencies to provide transparency and build trust with the communities in which they serve.


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