It is time for Alameda County to redirect its spending priorities.
Specifically, we ask that Alameda County criminal justice budget decisions be guided by the following principles:
- Invest in opportunities, services, resources and programs that address root causes and empower communities.
- Utilize community based and restorative practices over traditional punitive law enforcement approaches to public safety and protection and take into account social determinants of health and ends the disproportionate impact the criminal justice system has on race, class, age and zip code.
- Fund culturally competent, peer based programs and services.
- Increase community safety while ending mass incarceration.