Make pro-family reforms in the court system. Invest in law enforcement training and resources to improve community interaction.
I work with children who know, even from an early age, that their ethnicity, their family’s economic status, or the color of their skin will, without fail, make their lives harder. It is heartbreaking and unjust, to say the least. Because of those experiences, I became an activist and advocate for marginalized communities and for racial justice. As a part of that work, I became involved with Aware Tulsa, an organization dedicated to standing up for accountability to and justice for racial, ethnic, and religious minorities all across Tulsa. Aware Tulsa advocates for economic, policing, and criminal justice reforms by helping to organize marginalized communities, partnering with community leaders, and supporting efforts of Tulsans who feel overlooked or underserved to fight for their social, political, and economic well being. As a legislator, the biggest impact I can have on that work is to work for criminal justice reform.
Improving the standards and training of law enforcement is an investment in our community that we cannot afford to miss.
I believe our system needs serious improvement in all areas, especially policing and our court system. I will work to raise the standards to which we hold law enforcement, hold them accountable to those standards, and provide them the training and resources to meet those standards. Our communities are safest when residents and police respect and trust each other, but that trust cannot exist when residents feel like they are targets of racial persecution and excessive use of force.
Poverty should not mean an automatic jail sentence. Justice should not depend on race, ethnicity, or class.
As for our courts, I am a strong advocate for reducing our state’s astronomical rate of incarceration, especially for those arrested but still awaiting trial. To fix this, I will advocate for reducing, if not eliminating altogether, cash bail for non-violent or petty crimes. Far too often, people are forced to spend months in jail before they are ever even tried for a crime simply because they don’t have the money to make bail. Because of this, people lose jobs, families are broken apart, children go without a parent, and prosecutors are able to pressure people into taking unfair plea deals just to get out of jail.