Ending the era of mass incarceration means dismantling the tough-on-crime approach and racial bias that has come to define criminal justice.
The election is over, but the fight to reform Delaware’s criminal justice system is just beginning.
Our next step is to hold our elected officials accountable for the promises they made on the campaign trail.
Delaware’s Attorney General (AG) is our state’s only elected law enforcement official and the most powerful person in the criminal justice system. As top prosecutor, the AG’s job is to seek justice in criminal cases, work to prevent crime and serve as a leader in the diverse communities he or she represents.
The Attorney General is in charge of all other state prosecutors. The AG sets the policies that dictate which crimes to prosecute, whether someone will be charged with a crime, and who gets a second chance through diversion or treatment programs. They also have tremendous influence over legislation.
Electing an Attorney General who is committed to criminal justice reform is the best way to make significant progress towards reducing mass incarceration and challenging racial bias in the criminal justice system—and you did that. Now we must hold our new AG accountable for the promises she made on the campaign trail.
A fairer criminal justice system begins with our votes and our voices. Elected officials may hold all the cards, but we are the ones who hold the power to change the system.
You made your voices heard and elected officials who are committed to making impactful change. Now we need your help to hold them accountable! Sign up below to stay involved with the Campaign for Smart Justice in Delaware.
The #VoteSmartJusticeDE Campaign is organized by a coalition of organizations and individuals who advocate for a criminal justice system that fosters public safety by reducing mass incarceration, recidivism and racial disparities. We use public education, community organizing and grass roots advocacy to challenge the system and create change that will have a significant impact for individuals, families and communities.
#VoteSmartJusticeDE is a nonpartisan education campaign funded by the ACLU of Delaware. The ACLU of Delaware does not endorse candidates.