Criminal Justice Reform
At EDI we strongly believe that how an individual is prepared to exit a correctional facility greatly indicates their chances of success post-release.
We advocate for discharge planners in every city and state institution. Our 7-point plan recommends that as part of criminal justice reform the city and state review its release plans, restructure probation and parole and consider adopting our non-violent offense plan, which entails:
- Re-entry Reform Initiatives
- Disproportionate Minority Contact
- Reform or Abolish Corporate Investment in Corrections (prison industrial complex)
- Immediate Voting Rights Restored
- Probation and Parole Reform
- Support of The Fair Chance Act - Employment
- Support of the Fair Pledge Act - Educational
A significant number of men and women released daily from city and state institutions are released with no housing plan or place to go. EDI advocates for a Fair Housing Plan including section-8 vouchers specifically designated for formally incarcerated individuals as well as supportive housing designed to assist in successful re-entry and pathway to independent living.
Although strides have been made towards providing formerly incarcerated individuals with a fair chance to obtain employment; existing measures simply are not enough. EDI encourages the city to develop a City Employment plan aimed at providing support and resources to ex-offenders obtain employment offering livabel wages and benefits.