Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration (LELRCI)
A new coalition of the nation’s top prosecutors and police chiefs are joining the effort to reform mass incarceration practices. The group calls itself Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration (LELRCI) and believes law enforcements’ primary focus should be on the most violent and serious offenders rather than those that pose little or no threat to the community. Ronal Serpas, Co-Chair of the group stated that most of these low-level offenders “are just folk who have mental health or drug addiction problems that there’s no place else for them to go.” The group aims to reduce mandatory minimum sentencing terms, and offer more alternatives such as public sobriety and mental health centers. Reform is gaining much more support in the past few years including police, presidential candidates, and both political parties. Both the Senate and House Judiciary Committees are currently drafting legislation that would give judges more discretion over punishment for these low-level non-violent offenders.