New Jersey moves from a retributive justice model to a restorative justice model. Restorative justice seeks full restoration for both the victim and perpetrator of a crime. It requires the perpetrator to make the victim whole and, in the process, helps restore their humanity. It invests in individuals and sees people for the best they can be not by the worst thing they have ever done. This type of justice demands restoration especially for communities of color and impoverished communities that have been destroyed by mass incarceration, drug infiltration and unjust laws.
Thus, we commit to:
1. The root causes of mass incarceration must be identified, addressed and abolished.
2. Local police departments and prosecutors need to be accountable to the local community.
3. Racial and demographic profiling cannot be tolerated.
4. Youth prisons in their current form must be dismantled.
5. Communities must be empowered to police their own communities.
6. The abolition of all private prisons and the entire prison industrial complex.