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Our Own Agenda :: Criminal Justice

A YES! Take on What Americans Want
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President Barack Obama faces huge challenges as he takes office. But he's got one asset that is rarely mentioned. Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to foreign policy. “Ten Policies for a Better America” shows an agenda a majority supports—whether we vote red, blue, or some other political color.

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  • Drop punitive sentences for drug possession and other nonviolent offenses in favor of substance-abuse treatment, fines, community service, and restitution.

  • Offer training and counseling to prepare inmates for a crime-free life after release.

  • Channel youth into schools and jobs, not jail.

65%
Believe attacking social problems is a better cure for crime than more law enforcement.

87%
Support rehabilitation rather than a “punishment-only” system.


81%

Say job training is “very important” for reintegrating people leaving prison. 79% say drug treatment is very important.


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65% BELIEVE ATTACKING SOCIAL PROBLEMS IS A BETTER CURE FOR CRIME THAN MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT ::
Gallup Poll 2006 Oct 9-12.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/1603/Crime.aspx

87% SUPPORT REHABILITATION RATHER THAN A “PUNISHMENT-ONLY” SYSTEM ::
81% SAY JOB TRAINING IS “VERY IMPORTANT” FOR REINTEGRATING THOSE LEAVING PRISON. 79% SAY DRUG TREATMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT ::
Conducted by Zogby for the National Center on Crime and Delinquency 1,039 interviews drawn at random. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points.
www.nccd-crc.org/nccd/pubs/2006april_focus_zogby.pdf



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Sarah van Gelder wrote this article as part of Purple America, the Fall 2008 issue of YES! Magazine. Research by Noah Grant. Sarah is executive editor and Noah is editorial assistant at YES! Magazine.Photos of Sarah van Gelder and Noah Grant
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