Leah has seen the positive outcomes that restorative justice programs have on offenders, victims, and communities. Restorative justice is a system of criminal justice that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community. Currently, there are 35 states in our country that implement some form of restorative justice measures. In Congress, Leah will work to incorporate restorative justice best practices at the federal level drawn from successful state programs like California and Virginia.
In Congress, Leah will advocate to create an office within the Department of Justice to implement restorative justice procedures for federal crime offenders. She will ensure that this office is a training ground available to states and municipalities, so all 50 states can implement restorative justice procedures within their jurisdictions. Leah will also work to increase funding for grants through the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services to increase the funding that is available for education to local and state police forces and court systems on the importance of restorative justice measures. Comprehensive criminal justice reform focused on empowering victims, community reconciliation, and rehabilitation is one of the best steps we can take towards a safer, more just society.
Throughout her career, Leah has seen what a waste of resources and a detriment to society it is to criminalize the use of cannabis. In Congress Leah will work to remove the federal prohibition of cannabis and eliminate its classification as a Schedule One drug. Along with decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level of government, she will ensure that citizens currently serving a federal criminal sentence for a cannabis infraction are freed and those with federal cannabis related convictions on their records have them expunged. Leah is in favor of states regulating the marijuana industry; setting their own age restrictions on purchase, types of cannabis that can be legally sold, and their own tax regiments.