The STRATEGY and TACTICS of the campaign
Jobs Not Jails is an umbrella campaign, bringing together a diverse array of people who care about the future of our economy, and about the damage that mass incarceration is doing to our communities. It is not a legislative strategy. It pulls together dozens of organizations who are leading separate legislative strategies – for everything from a higher minimum wage to the creation of an innocence commission.
Law-makers need to know what we, their constituents want. Too often we hear legislators say, “My constituents want me to be tougher on ‘criminals’, even if it actually leads to more crime.” We need to let them know that we, the voters, appreciate careful and thoughtful strategies to address the root causes of crime – poverty, desperation, mental illness and addiction – rather than damning people to decades of “busting rocks” for low-level offenses.