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Candidate Survey Explanations

    • Erika Almiron:
    • We need to invest in diversionary programs that both reduce the jail population and give people supports lead healthy and productive lives. We need to reduce our jail population by investing more money in our schools so that young people have more opportunities after graduation.
    • Ethelind Baylor:
    • I would advocate for: Pre-release from incarceration with a comprehensive plan that tackles employment, housing, mental and physical health, and family support. Community resources given prior to release should follow the former inmate for one-year post-release. Support the adult education programs in the City and ensure additional services if needed. Work with the trades and employers that hire individuals with criminal records as a pathway to employment and a better life.
    • Vinny Black:
    • Organize and unite the working class
    • Sherrie Cohen:
    • To reduce the jail population by 50% from 2019 levels, I will work alongside of formerly incarcerated people and their families to demand an end to racial bias in policing, prosecution and incarceration; the school to prison pipeline, the trying of youth as adults, wealth-based detention, automatic detainers, death by incarceration, indefinite and long-term solitary confinement, marijuana and sex work criminalization, and the city’s expansive parole and probation supervision regimes.
    • Allan Domb:
    • In 2018, I began sponsoring a financial literacy course taught in our jails. In 2019, I am sponsoring a class of sixteen prisoners to get training in technology. Additionally, I am working to support the teaching of entrepreneurship and building trades. Focusing on these programs will prevent recidivism. We should also reduce the prison budget to reflect the nearly 50% drop in prison population that has occurred and use these savings to improve the lives of returning citizens.
    • Sandra Dungee Glenn:
    • 1. Reducing the length of probation and parole would reduce recidivism. I support DA Krasner's recommendations. 2. Prevention. We can make a serious reduction in incarceration rates by connecting every child/youth to after-school, summer, internship, and apprenticeship programs that are aligned between the SDP, City, business, and nonprofit sectors. When our youth see a path to their future they will make better decisions.
    • Beth Finn:
    • A massive package of reforms: proportional penalties for certain low-level, non-violent offenses; reduce avg. time served by 50% for drug offenses, theft, DWI, etc; eliminate illegal automatic detainers; provide victim-offender mediation; end cash bail; court date reminders sent via text/phone/mail; community-centered pre-trial & re-entry svcs; treat drug charges as health issue first. Similar reform in NYC has crime declining citywide. We must make our legal system just & fair for all.
    • Katherine Gilmore Richardson:
    • I would advocate for increased funding for projects like Project Dawn for women caught up in the human trafficking system in Philadelphia and programs like Mural Arts- Arts for Justice program to increase the capacity of programs that keep people out of the criminal justice system. Lastly, I would work with the administration to increase the wrap around services offered by the Mayor’s office of reentry services.
    • Irina Goldstein:
    • 50% is really ambitious. Some people deserve to be in prison. But of course we want as many people free and productive as possible. Introducing tax incentives for employers who hire people with criminal records is one idea. We would also encourage local faith communities to minister to the populations in prison. Growing the economy will provide more job opportunities for people when they come out.
    • Helen Gym:
    • The success of this work will depend on organizing to build sufficient political power to defend it. I am committed to using my power as an elected official to do so. Our ability to continue to dramatically reduce the jail population will turn on our willingness to invest in programs that move us away from a carceral model of justice. Revenue derived from prison reform must be reinvested in communities that mass incarceration has decimated, with the voices of returning citizens guiding the way.
    • Adrian Rivera-Reyes:
    • First, we must eliminate cash bail. We can create a transformative bail system that does not criminalize poverty. We need a radical change to our prison system, from one geared to retribution to one geared to rehabilitation. I support using the funds dedicated to the recently closed House of Corrections into job retraining and trade skills for those incarcerated. Finally, we need to fully invest in our pre-trial diversion programs to divert non-violent offenders away from our prisons.
    • Mark Ross:
    • By proposing an initiative program for job training and hiring to support reentry to the community.
    • Isaiah Thomas:
    • If elected I would help to direct more resources to non-profit organizations that are already on the ground and doing good work in communities most in need. As the criminal justice system stands it does not currently complete its ultimate goal of reforming citizens who have committed crime. If we support alternative programs, job training and many similar initiatives we can ensure that recidivism reaches an all time low.
    • Fernando Trevino-Martinez:
    • For years I led the criminal division of Mexican Consulate in Philly, protecting the constitutional rights of immigrants facing criminal charges. This allowed me to learn first-hand the human cost of the failing criminal justice system. Jailing a person is costly and ineffective, we need to provide mental health counseling, rehabilitation services, and job training programs. I’ll promote more police community outreach, advocate to eradicate the stop-and-frisk, and support the end of cash-bail.
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