BMCR is committed to eliminating harsh and unfair sentencing practices that are responsible for mass incarceration and racial disparities in the prison system.
The US currently has the largest prison population in the world – 1 in 100 citizens is behind bars. When incarceration is used as the primary response to social problems, individuals, families and communities suffer.
BMCR joins the NAACP’s calls for policy and administrative changes that will:
- Establish Justice Reinvestment Commissions that will downscale prisons and shift resources from prisons to education budgets.
- Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.
- Advocate for treatment as opposed to incarceration for non-violent offenders.
- Eliminate sentencing of juveniles to Life Without Parole (LWOP)
- Place a moratorium on the death penalty
Effective Law Enforcement
BMCR supports an increase in trust and public safety by advancing effective law enforcement practices.
Fundamental issues that erode trust and public safety between law enforcement and African Americans and other communities of color continue to exist. The Effective Law Enforcement campaign works to:
- Establish national use of force standards for law enforcement officers
- Eliminate Racial Profiling
- Advance policies that require data collection for all police encounters and full transparency of such interactions
- Increase support for community policing strategies
Eliminating Barriers for the Formerly Incarcerated
As more than 600,000 individuals leave U.S. prisons each year, our communities continue to grapple with the unique challenges presented by those who ostensibly have “paid their debt to society,” yet face barriers to re-entry that effectively continue their punishment. Today, our nation’s returning citizens face significant and numerous barriers to finding housing and employment, regaining custody of their children, receiving personal loans or financial aid toward school, voting and possessing other basic resources needed to rebuild their lives.
We call for polices and practices that:
Restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated.
Eliminate barriers to employment in government and corporation hiring practices
Remove barriers to receive housing and financial aid for formerly incarcerated people