Eliza will reduce New York’s jail and prison population by ensuring that access to rehabilitation courts and other alternatives to incarceration are the standard, not the exception. Eliza’s policies will treat each person before the court not as a case to be processed but as a human being with their own unique circumstances and challenges. By providing treatment, rehabilitation, and wraparound services, her policies will reduce incarceration and provide the resources that keep vulnerable New Yorkers out of the criminal legal system and make our city safer for everyone. Poverty and housing insecurity are often drivers of interactions with the criminal legal system, and Eliza is committed to partnering with and providing resources to supportive housing organizations. Eliza will continue to advocate against the building of any new jails or prisons anywhere in New York City or New York State. Eliza will advocate for the immediate closure of Rikers Island, and the reallocation of funds to community-based resources that provide for the safety and well-being of our neighbors.