The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the entire world. This costs in excess of $182 billion dollars a year, destroying families and communities. People don’t belong in cages.

Our criminal justice system needs to be reformed to focus on rehabilitation instead of warehousing and criminalizing  nonviolent offenders.  We need to decriminalize poverty and ensure access to adequate jobs, healthcare, education, and other services people need to live productive lives. For people who have been incarcerated, we need to invest in employment readiness programs and social services so they can successfully reintegrate into society.  

Shan supports ending the failed war on drugs, demilitarizing and retraining our police forces, legalizing marijuana, ending the school to prison pipeline, implementing an Elected Civilian Review Board (ECRB), and abolishing the cash bail system.

Shan also supports community-run facilities with a strong emphasis on rehabilitation. Nonviolent crimes should be decriminalized with the means of helping formerly incarcerated individuals reenter society become socially economically stable.