"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future" -- Oscar Wilde
Andrew believes that if you make a mistake, you pay the penalty, but you should get a second chance. Our society too often punishes people perpetually for a mistake. One of Andrew’s first acts as Mayor was to usher in a new Ban the Box Policy to help former offenders find employment in the City, and he continued to fight for more programs focused on helping offenders and at-risk offenders from falling deeper into the criminal justice system. Andrew believes that the best way to fight crime in any city is to ensure that every man or woman in a community has the chance to earn a good-paying job that allows them to support their family. Andrew also launched Operation Safe Neighborhoods; a community collaborative focused on building stronger relationships between citizens and law enforcement, and better applying resources in the City’s highest crime areas. Through increased investments in law enforcement, diversion and re-entry programs, and an expansion of human services in the highest crime areas of the City, recent statistics have shown a more than 10% decrease in violent crime within the City. As a City Commissioner, Andrew helped create the Palmer-Munroe Teen Center, equipped with the Community Connections Restorative Justice Program. This new center works with youth offenders to build non-violent communication skills within teens to help them adjust their life trajectory and make better choices. The program has resulted in a 90%+ success rate among recidivism rates for youth who complete the program.
A New Approach
Find ways for nonviolent offenders to be held accountable for their crimes outside of the prison system and support programs that help rehabilitate them.
Improve access to mental health services within our prison systems to help diagnose and address offenders with existing mental health issues and drive down rates of recidivism.
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