Criminal Justice Reform
We should prioritize education over incarceration. Carlina witnessed the school-to-prison pipeline in the courtroom and classroom, and as a Council Member, she is working to reverse this damaging cycle by prioritizing:
Afterschool Programming – Robust afterschool programming leads to higher academic achievement and lowers rates of juvenile crime and drug use. Carlina supports local initiatives like Schools Out New York City, and will advocate for increased funding for afterschool programming.
Addiction & Mental Health Services – Carlina will advocate for expanding alternative-to-prison programs that prioritize rehabilitation for low-level, non-violent drug offenders over ineffective and costly prison sentences. She also believes prisons should not be repositories for our mentally ill and will press for quicker construction of additional supportive housing units in our city, as well as better communication of services available to this population.
Prison & Police Reform – Carlina believes that police accountability will build stronger police-community relations and further reduce crime on our community. She supports the closure of Rikers as soon as possible, the Black Lives Matter movement, and ending broken windows policing. Carlina will also work to reduce crime through investments in job training programs, anti-gang intervention, and education and afterschool programming.