Criminal Justice

Allen is committed to ensuring the criminal justice system is working for the people of Florida, not against it. First and foremost, it’s time to break the school-to-prison pipeline that relies too heavily on law enforcement to correct and address misbehavior and allow police officers and law enforcement to do the job they want to do – protecting us and keeping us safe on the streets, not in classrooms.

Further, Allen also believes there needs to be an end to mass incarceration and reform the criminal justice system. This includes abolishing the death penalty, establishing a path toward the legalization of marijuana, and banning private prisons and detention centers.

Allen believes that the American criminal justice system needs a complete overhaul starting with the death penalty. He believes that the death penalty needs to be abolished. Too many innocent people have lost their lives because of the death penalty and one life is one too many. The death penalty has proven to be a cruel and unusual form of punishment that has no place in the United States of America. The application of the death penalty is arbitrary and unjust, and disproportionately affects the poor and underserved. The cost to taxpayers far exceeds those of life imprisonment and it does not deter crime. And, exonerations and new technology show there is a dangerous lack of reliability for what is an irreversible punishment.

Allen believes that the current laws around marijuana are too harsh and need reformed. We should be working to reduce the constraints on medical marijuana licensing so that it’s more accessible and affordable for providers to obtain licenses which would create more clinics that are available to the public. Allen also stands for the decriminalization of marijuana use. Too many people, particularly African Americans, are stuck in prison for lengthy sentences for these non-violent offenses which further emphasizes the racial inequality in marijuana prosecutions.

What does Allen stand for?

  • Break prison-to-school pipeline and allow police to do their jobs, not manage behaviors in classrooms.
  • End mass incarceration.
  • Create a path to legalize marijuana.
  • Ban private prisons and detention centers.

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