Yvonne Lewis Holley Candidate for LT Governor
On Criminal Justice Reform
In order for people who have served in the criminal justice system to become viable citizens, there must be some criminal justice reform. Let’s begin with money: the state needs to fund the Raise the Age juvenile program, and provide more funding to programs like the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.
We must end the use of bail as a punishment for people who are not at flight risk and have not been found guilty of any crime.
I strongly oppose taking away driver’s licenses for non payment of fines. We must end this form of punishment for non-traffic violations.
We must work with and support the Second Chance Act and other re-entry programs, which allow people who have served their time to begin rebuilding their lives. I have and will continue to work to help find and establish a process to reinstate ex-offenders – who have served their time – to get or regain certifications and licensures. This will allow them to earn a living and take care of themselves and their families.
I’ve worked directly with expungement programs, like NC Justice Served, and I support Durham’s DEAR Program. These programs have proven track records and must be duplicated and/or expanded across the state.
I will continue to support and push for mental health and drug treatment programs over incarceration. These life changing initiatives will help keep families together, save people, allow everyone to become viable citizens, and will save the state millions of dollars in taxpayer money. Treatment is less expensive than incarceration, not just in monetary value, but in what it costs people and the lives around them.
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This election determines who draws the electoral maps for the next decade, we need to pick up at least 5 seats for a majority, and SD-24 was the 3rd closest race that did not flip in 2018. Simply put, Democrats need SD-24 to take the NC Senate majority in 2020, and we need your support to make that happen!
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