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Cheri Beasley on Crime

 

 


End cash bail, some mandatory minimum sentences

Cheri supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and reforms including increasing investments in public safety, community policing, racial bias, de-escalation, and crisis intervention training for law enforcement. She supports investing in resources for alternative first responders like mental health professionals and substance abuse counselors. We must have comprehensive reforms that establish accountability, increase transparency, and put more resources into public safety--not less.

She supports expanding the use of drug treatment and mental health courts and legalizing and regulating cannabis. She also supports reforming sentencing, including ending some mandatory minimums and ending the cash bail system particularly for nonviolent offenders. She also supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and investing in reentry programs that help returning citizens successfully re-enter society after serving their time and become contributing members of our communities.

Source: 2022 N.C. Senate campaign website CheriBeasley.com , Dec 1, 2021

Bail reform shows promising results in pilot programs

Tearful at times, Beasley gave a short address from the court chambers, calling for the state to listen to protesters decrying police violence and understand the deep roots of their frustration. "We must do better," she said. "We must be better. Too many people believe that there are two kinds of justice. In our courts, African-Americans are more harshly treated, more severely punished and more likely to be presumed guilty."

"These protests highlight the despair and injustice that continue to plague black communities," she said, becoming emotional when she mentioned her twin sons. "Racism and prejudice have remained stubbornly fixed and resistant to change." Beasley said bail reform shows promising results in the eight counties where pilot programs are being tried. Nationally, advocates for change are stressing that too many people are held for cash bail for nonviolent crimes and are freed before trial only based on their ability to pay.

Source: The Raleigh News-Observer on 2022 North Carolina Senate race , Jun 2, 2021

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