All views are mine. Not necessarily policy of Johnson/Weld or the LP -- but they absolutely reflect the different perspective that Libertarians bring to the current political debate on policing and justice. Is the current American system of justice "oppressive" in minority/poor communities? Yes it is. But is it all due to systemic racism or unintentional bias? Don't think so. The interaction with the justice system in marginally functional economic communities is inept and inefficient. As is the experience in other communities. But in a poor community -- a false warrant, a bad arrest or a $250 car towing can send an economically marginal citizen or family over the edge. There is no recourse for any of those abuses and no incentive for Govt to realize the disparate effect their mistakes and poor service have on the poor. 1) There are too many mistakes made in bringing warrants, arrests, even traffic violations and these take a toll on the limited time and resources when you are struggling to survive. Simple small FINES can seem monumental to folks earning $25,000 a year. 2) MOST time --- the folks who are "oppressed" LOVE the idea of BIG MUSCULAR govt. They look to it as the chief arbiter of everything decent and good. When in reality -- Govt falls far short of excellence in everything they do -- INCLUDING the administration of justice. Although it's a hard sell telling angry people that "this is as good as government gets" -- it IS pretty much true. 3) Once you get "enrolled" in encounters with the Law -- the poor are on a fast ride to having their lives ruined. Can't pay the fines? Can't take time off to appear in court? Don't have proper documentation? Already HAVE a record of OTHER criminal incidences? It all snowballs. 4) I believe --- that if a person is on the edge of existing to begin with -- and a false warrant or arrest is made -- these government agencies should ANSWER for it. Rather than immune from being inept, uncaring, or trying to treat ALL offenders with the same hostile, expensive encounters with the law. The irony here is sad. Here is a demographic that was promised for 40+ years -- that their favored political franchise had their backs.. And NOW when all this this "street justice gone wrong" escalates again -- the promise is MORE layers of official Govt oversight ROT. MORE watchers to watch the watchers. And you're still buying that shtick after 40 years? WHAT DO WE WANT? ---- MORE GOVT. WHEN DO WANT IT? ---- NOW. If govt was responsive and focused and MOTIVATED to serve with excellence --- there would be more hope of making the system more humane and aware of the burdens they place on folks of limited means. Stop making the smallest encounters with "the system" -- a life ruining experience. To do that -- the direction is LESS govt. The direction is PERFORMANCE BASED incentives for public service. And the direction is RECOURSE for terrible mistakes that DISPROPORTIONATELY affect people of limited means. The LP has focused for 30 years on justice and prison reform. Never gave it a back seat. We ARE LISTENING and we are thinking about the chronic failures that people see over and over again in Govt.. Edit --- See also Error | US Message Board - Political Discussion Forum for SPECIFICS on how local govts can do simple things to make HUGE strides in "Criminal Justice Reform"..