Criminal Justice

 Ban the Box  Civil Forfeiture
 Death Penalty   Juvenile Justice
 Drug Reform Prison Phone Reform
 Private Prisons Public Defender
 Pre Trial Reform  School to Prison Pipeline

Reduce the prison population, invest in rehabilitation, and end the failed war on drugs.

The United States has the highest incarceration and recidivism rates of industrialized countries, while our nation’s criminal justice system in general is too often inhumane, ineffective, and prohibitively expensive. With less than five percent of the world’s population, the United States locks up nearly a quarter of the world’s prisoners. Our law enforcement priorities place too much emphasis on drug-related and petty, non-violent crimes, and not enough on prosecution of corporate, white collar, and environmental crime. The majority of prisoners are serving terms for non-violent, minor property and drug addiction crimes, or violations of their conditions of parole or probation, while the poor, the under-educated and various racial and ethnic minorities are over-represented in the prison population.
Source: Green Party Platform – Criminal Justice


The Sentencing Project – Interactive Map of Incarceration Rates

City of Houston, HPD – Positive Interaction Program

Houston Police Department

The most violent cities in Texas

Wilson Center – Police Reform in Latin America: Observations & Recommendations

Yale Law – Police Reform in Violent Democracies in Latin America

Deadly Force: Police Use of Lethal Force In The United States

U.S. Census – Violent Crimes 1 PER 100,000 POPULATION — 2006

HPD: Murder rate up in 2015, but violent crimes decreasing

Houston crime stats show burglaries down but murder up

Germany allows inmates to wear their own clothes, cook their own meals, and have romantic visits. Could that work in the United States?

The Feasibility of one-officer patrol in New York City

The U.S. must commit to rehabilitate and reform prisoners

Police shortage looms in mayor’s race

Houston BOMA – Open Carry

Building a Prison-to-Purpose Pipeline for Women

For Men in Prison, Child Support Becomes a Crushing Debt

Bureau of Justice Statistics – What is the difference between probation and parole?