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America's criminal justice system, a national disgrace with irregularities and inequities that cut against the notion that we are a society founded on fundamental fairness. Prisons with massive overcrowding, wasting billions of dollars and diminishing millions of lives. Fixing will require a major nationwide recalculation of who goes to prison and for how long.
                  -- Senator Jim Webb, in his proposed 2009 Criminal Justice Commission Act

This website provides a description, the Table of Contents of and easy access to elements of the nonpartisan Target Action Plan #29 Plan to Humanely Reform Criminal Justice Systems and Prisons Using Timely Restitution, Truth and Reconciliation, Restorative Justice and Rehabilitation and Eliminating Punishment for all Crimes and Confinement for Non Violent Crimes

This plan, which proposes to thoroughly reform criminal justice systems and prisons, is a key element of the Massive Global Movement and Universal Strategic Plan for a Peaceful, Prosperous, Just Sustainable World (MGM&USP) described at www.PeopleNow.org.

Numerous studies, books and articles describe the deplorable conditions in our prisons and criminal justice system including the Criminal Justice Commission Act, which Senator Jim Webb introduced in March 2009 and reintroduced in 2010 and 2011. It was blocked by 43 Senators voting against closure in October 2011 and not reintroduced.

Many organization and individuals have worked on this for years and collectively know what needs to be done.

However, these organizations and individuals are not working nearly well enough together and neither them nor the government have had an overall strategy or plan until now.

In his book, the Sane Society, Eric Fromm states: Change must be a simultaneous change in economic, education, political and cultural spheres. Changes restricted to one sphere are destructive of every change.

For example when non violent offenders are released, there must be:

Otherwise, releasing prisoner will increase unemployment, drive down wages and destroy efforts to end wars and disarm and enact immigration and labor reform legislation and many other changes as Eric Fromm predicted.

This does not imply that we should not release non-violent offender immediately. It means that we must plan ahead and have the jobs, funds, training, legislation and materials, available when needed.

To accomplish this plan, the plan to reform criminal justice will be refined and their primary features ultimately employed in all state, federal and international criminal investigations and prosecutions.

The Reform Plan:

•    Provides a draft proposed comprehensive plan to revamp, reform and improve all aspects of America's criminal justice and prisons, using constitutional, humane and restorative justice, and reconciliation, rehabilitation and modern psychology principles and practices, to hold perpetrators of crimes accountable and to rehabilitate and restore both victims and perpetrators of crimes.

•    Supplies a framework, for those interested, to list additional problems and solutions and work with others to accomplish the solutions.

•    Addresses correcting the underlying causes of criminal behavior, in particular lack of a normal family, lack of employment and education opportunities, poverty, hopelessness and despair. By accomplishing it in coordination with and as a vital part of the Movement and Universal Strategic Plan for a Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World, activists will have more choices of items to work on and necessary resources can more easily be found and better shared.

•    Addresses misconceptions about crimes and punishment. Neither Alfred Adler nor Clarence Darrow believed corporal punishment or any other form of punishment worked. Of course there should be consequences for criminal behavior.

•    Provides procedures, principles and practices for the Plan to Humanely and Privately (not secretly)Investigate and Prosecute Lawbreakers with Timely Restitution for Victims, Rehabilitation for Lawbreaker and Restorative Justice Opportunities for Both which is Action Plan #30 of the Common Agenda.

These interested organizations and individuals are requested to work together, form an oversight board for this plan and add everything that needs to be done to it. Recommendations can be made and items added by email to RefinethePlan@PeopleNow.org or faxing 703-521-0849.

Most aspects of the entire Justice System must be revamped, reformed and improved. Criminal Justice and Prisons has been given first priority because of its horrendous, unjust impact on so many lives and because of the need for a reformed justice system to humanely and privately prosecute lawbreakers

Major conclusions of the Reform Plan include:

This plan and the Plan to Humanely and Privately (not secretly) Investigate and Prosecute Lawbreakers with Timely Restitution for Victims, Rehabilitation for Lawbreaker and Restorative Justice Opportunities for Both will be refined and their primary features ultimately employed in all state, federal and ultimately international criminal investigations and prosecutions.

The actions required to accomplish this are show in and can be accessed via the below table of contents outlined

The below Table of Contents provides an outline of this plan. Each item in the plan can be accessed by clicking on it.

Table of Contents of the Plan to Humanely Reform Criminal Justice and Prisons

 

29.1    Introduction

 

Greetings

 

Executive Summary

 

29.2    Purpose

 

29.3     Objectives

 

 29.4    Actions:

           29.4.1  Prevent criminal activity and markedly reduce additional violence, crimes and incarcerations

           29.4.2 Screen detainees, incarcerated, civilly committed and those on parole and pardon and release those who can safely be released and initiate individual rehabilitation and reentry plans for all others

           29.4.3 Make comprehensive and timely preparations for the reentry into society of each of those remaining incarcerated.

           29.4.5 Ensure Rights of Victims, the Accused, Defendants, Incarcerated and Civilly Committed Are Strictly Protected.

           29.4.6 Treat the Accused, Defendants, Incarcerated and Civilly Committed Humanely.

           29.4.7 Ensure Just Investigations and Adjudication

           29.4.8 Ensure Just Sentencing

           29.4.9 Provide opportunities for the accused, defendants, incarcerated and civilly committed to apologize, pay appropriate restitution and reconcile with their victims

           29.4.10           Phase Out All Privately Owned Prisons

           29.4.11           Phase out all "Special Housing Units," "Communications Management Units”, "Supermax" Prisons and “ICE Detention Facilities”

           29.4.12           Repudiate Any Notion of Immunity or Impunity of Senior Private and Public Sector Officials

           29.4.13           Prohibit the Use of “State Secrets” or Executive Privilege in Criminal or Civil Cases.

           29.4.14           Educate and Train All Prosecutors, Judges Prison Officials and Guards in All Aspects of the above

           29.4.15           Humanely and privately investigate and prosecute public and private sector officials who directly or indirectly violate the rights of defendants, incarcerated and civilly committed prisoners

           29.4.16           Congress Provide the Funding to Support These Actions.

 

29.5    Background on U.S. Criminal Justice and Prisons

           29.5.1 The Proposed National Criminal Justice Commission Act

           29.5.2 Different justice for senior public and private sector officials and the middle class and poor.

           29.5.3 Statement on prison reform

           29.5.4 Additional problems with criminal justice and prisons

 

29.6    Definitions

 

29.7    Opinions and Recommendations of Authorities on Criminal Justice

           29.7.1 Alfred Adler

           29.7.2 Clarence Darrow

           29.7.3 Peter Joseph, Roxanne Meadows and Jacque Fresco

 

29.8    Examples of Successful "Restorative Justice" Programs

 

29.9    Conclusions

 

29.10  CREDITS

 

29.11  Thoughts of the Compiler