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Description of the
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
for Non Violent Crimes
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
-- Senator Jim Webb, in his proposed 2009 Criminal Justice Commission
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 (USP) described at www.PeopleNow.org.
Major principles of Humane Justice include:
Objectives of the criminal justice system include protecting individuals and their property from lawbreakers, preventing crimes, restitution for victims of crimes and rehabilitating law breakers.
Crimes result from the failure of both the individual not being responsible for his actions and the public and private sectors not ensuring that all individuals have an adequate education, employment opportunities, affordable necessities of life, in particular emotional healthcare, etc.
Using punishment, confinement, detention and public shaming do not work, are counterproductive to rehabilitation, damage the ability of the lawbreaker to pay restitution to the victim and should not be used. Lawbreakers who are a threat to society or to themselves "should be kept under supervision and treated with dignity and respect" as stated by Clarence Darrow.
All victims of crimes should be taken care of immediately by the government and NGOs as appropriate and receive restitution from the lawbreaker.
Lawbreakers should be encouraged and led to stay busy, be responsible for their actions, be contrite and pay restitution to their victims.
Long drawn out civil and criminal justice trials are not effective.
As accurately shown by Matt Taibbi in his sixth book, "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," we have a justice system that stigmatizes and abuses the poor and ignores crimes by the rich.
Both victims of crimes and alleged perpetrators should be treated humanely and with dignity and respect at all times and be allowed to stay in appropriate contact with their families, in particular minor children, spouses, friends and associates.
These principles and practices should be used as soon as practicable in each case and during all phases of investigations, prosecutions, restorative justice restitution and rehabilitation at all levels of government.
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:
- Full employment at living
wages for everyone and jobs at living wages for each person released
- Funds for these jobs
- Job training as necessary
- Honest, caring dedicated public servants that will enact and enforce the necessary legislation
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 h
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
29.4.2 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