Gabrielle P.

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The Criminal Justice System all over the country is not only corrupt, but failing the citizens it was designed to protect. 

In March of 2012, statistics showed that 1 in 100 residents were imprisoned with 1 in 31 on parole. Similarly, there have been more than 2,000 lives ruined, based on false convictions in the last 23 years alone, and those are only the ones we know about. Though this information is astounding, many won’t be impressed. 

Here is something slightly more eye opening; In 2005 a study tracked over 400 thousand prisoners, in 30 states including our own, and they found that approximately 57% ended up back in prison by the end of that year, and 68% by the end of 2010. 

Though my statistics are dated, the reality of it is they haven't changed very much at all and a system originally created to return offenders to communities as self-sufficient, law-abiding beings, is no longer doing anything of the sort. 

My goal is to leave Alabama State University, and return to Wayne State for Law School. With these two degrees, I hope to help those being charged find the best possible ways to serve their time that won’t ultimately ruin their lives forever. As a passionate attorney, I will fight to make sure Michigan won't deal with as many false convictions as other states, and minorities will not be targeted based on racial and or cultural differences.

Eventually I plan to use my degree as well as my drive to become a Judge, where I will help parolees readjust to life on the outside, building and strengthening our communities.