On Friday, April 24 YAL at University of Hawaii at Manoa was tabling to bring public awareness to the criminal justice system. The tabling event was successful. We accrued wide spread interest talking about the injustice many people face for minor offenses.
The reality is that the average American commits three felonies per day. Many people were surprised to find out about this, and shared the same sentiments when it came to these people who had to be locked up in prison for years, even decades for something small like possessing a couple of grams of marijuana.
A law is intended to protect individuals from others, but it is ridiculous to make penalties for crimes that do not inflict harm on others at all. It is time we reduce the amount of laws on our books, get rid of mandatory minimum sentencing laws, and get back to the foundations of what laws should actually do.
We appreciate everyone who participated in our event by taking a picture with our mock prison, and for making a stand with us to promote criminal justice reform!