Justice reform is a foundation of Charmaine McGuffey’s platform in her campaign for Sheriff of Hamilton County. She understands that progressive jail reform, with a focus on rehabilitative, rather than punitive strategies, results in lower recidivism and healthier communities.
- While dangerous prisoners need to be incarcerated, and there are consequences for illegal actions, Charmaine wants to keep non-violent and presumed innocent people in jobs and with their families as they work their case through the legal system.
- Charmaine supports no-cash bail for low level, non-violent crimes. The practice of incarcerating people simply because they are poor and cannot afford the cost of bail pushes people further and further into poverty.
- Reduce the cycle of repeat offenders with proven addiction, mental health, and job services for prisoners, so they can return to society with the skills and treatment they need to be productive citizens, thus creating safer and healthier communities and enhancing family reunification.
- Embrace change and innovation by implementing programs that have succeeded elsewhere and adopting new practices as needed.