For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 1st, 2020
CONTACT: FRANK FOSTER JR., MEDIA DIRECTOR
ELECT SHERRY A WELLS COMMITTEE
SHERRY A. WELLS ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
State Rep candidate says “I will continue the press for the Red Flag bill, better background checks, and gun safety.” in 27th District race
One major step in bringing the 27th district into a more equal and safe environment would be to reform the justice system on many fronts. Sherry Wells, who has marched with BLM many times, has several goals in how this can be accomplished.
“The Criminal Justice system is costly. Too many offenses are "crimes." Due to bail being too often assessed and too high, our jails are filled and lower-income families are devastated. There must be a triage in every incident to determine whether mental health, substance abuse or actual criminal intent is present and action taken accordingly. There needs to be treatment and diversion alternatives to expensive jailhouses.”
“We put the police department under the city manager in the charters we proposed.” Another major step in reform would be to end the War on Drugs and offer amnesty for prisoners on possession charges. “I think legislators can push for that and I certainly would. I would release all marijuana possessors immediately upon inauguration if I’d been governor.” This would include record expungement for these drug-related records.
The total average cost (including probation/parole supervision and nonoperational overhead) was approximately $38,000 per prisoner. By FY 2014-15, Michigan's prison population was 43,414. Leaving Michigan’s budget with about 1.6 billion just earmarked for cost of corrections. With about 13,000in for non-violent or drug-related charges, if these cases were handled by social workers, medical teams, or other agencies, Michigan could save up to 500 million right there.
One of the most dangerous phrases that can be said is “this is how we have always done it” because nothing is given the chance to improve. There are better ways to handle the current problems that face society. Easier and more efficient problem-solving methods. Given her experience in Ferndale and with many social groups, Sherry has one of the most hopeful traits that we can hope for….She is willing to try.
27th District House candidate Sherry A Wells is available for interview by contacting email@example.com or calling 810-893-0405 to make arrangements.
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