The Higher Ground Moral Declaration
ON Criminal Justice
Moral and Constitutional Foundation
Matthew 6:14-15. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
James 2:6. But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court?
Constitution of the United States, 14 Amendment, Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Questions for Candidates
Mass incarcerations are devastating to the poor and communities of color. Do you support policies that would end mass incarcerations?
Police abuse, misconduct, and killing continues to terrorize communities of color. Do you support policies that will keep law enforcement accountable to the communities that they are supposed to serve, including the revised training on the use of non-lethal force and the demilitarization of police departments?
We believe police brutality and mass incarceration are moral issues. Do you? If not, please explain why.