New Polling Demonstrates Ongoing Support for Criminal Justice Reform

Americans want more justice and more safety.

The research is clear: jail stays and long sentences do not reduce crime rates. Mass incarceration breaks apart families, destabilizes communities and aggravates the very types of racial and economic inequality that make communities more vulnerable to gun violence. We must turn to evidence-based solutions now as we protect and advance the critical wins on criminal justice reform and continue the work of making our country both safer and more just.

Criminal Justice Reform Remains a Priority for Black Voters

The structural inequalities embedded in our society causes Black communities to bear a disproportionate share of the harms of both incarceration and of crime.

New public opinion research shows that Black voters’ strong support for bold criminal justice reform and reduing incarceration has sustained through both real increases in gun violence and sensationalized "crime wave" reporting and campaigning. Black voters understand that safety and justice are not in conflict and expect their elected officials and candidates to deliver both.

Our National Work on Criminal Justice Reform

Over the last decade, policymakers and voters in red, blue, and purple jurisdictions have advanced criminal justice reforms that safely reduced prison and jail populations, expanding freedom and opportunities to tens of millions of Americans.

Now more than ever we must remind ourselves that the criminal legal reform movement is strong, the number of people in prisons and jails is lower than it’s been in recent history, and the data about the compatibility of safer, stronger communities and less incarceration is on our side.

New Polling Demonstrates Ongoing Support for Criminal Justice Reform

Recent polling shows strong support for criminal justice reform among the American public, as well as for candidates who advocate for policies aimed at reducing incarceration rates.

Advancing Public Safety and Moving Justice Forward

Americans deserve real solutions to the rise in gun violence, not a return to the failed policies that brought us mass incarceration. Evidence and experience tells us we can–and we must–have more safety and more justice together.

Recent Wins on Justice Show Reform is here to stay

Recent electoral, legislative and policy victories in support of criminal justice reform across the country show that Americans still want more criminal justice reform, not less.

Black Voters Want More Safety and More Justice

Black Americans are disproportionately impacted by both mass incarceration and gun violence, which is why it’s critical their voice be uplifted in this moment. New polling shows that Black voters overwhelmingly support reforms that reduce incarceration and investments that address the root causes of violence.

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