The city currently spends hundreds of millions of dollars repeatedly arresting the same people, trying them, and incarcerating them. If the city reduces the number of people cycling through the system, it will save a lot of money and make the city a more humane, more sustainable place to live.
The Workhouse must close. I wrote about why the city should shut down the Workhouse in 2016. The Board of Alderman voted unanimously in Summer 2020 to make this a reality yet it is still open.
As mayor, I will close the Workhouse. I will also be an advocate for ending cash bail so that you are not held pre-trial for being too poor.
Decarceration efforts also need to include making sure people who have served their time are able to find jobs by reducing barriers to re-entry and dismantling the school to prison pipeline.