I really want women to know their power, to value their experience. To understand that nothing has been more wholesome in the political process than the increased involvement of women.
Preserving the peace and maintaining order is our main concern. The murder rate is increasing in Houston. From January to May, our city saw 146 murders in 2021. Which is a major increase from the prior years and an 84% increase since 2019. In the midst of COVID-19, 30,000 crimes were reported to law enforcement.
An increase of effective police presence in the community can help suppress crime. Police command can deter criminals from committing crimes. Also encouraging Houstonians to report suspicious activity can assist Officers with being reactive to crime. We must promote neighborhood watches in the community and engage the residents of Houston to help deter crime.
Bringing Police Officers and Houstonians together is our goal. When Officers leave and return home, the residents of Houston remain in the community. Our objective is to allow Houstonians to voice their concerns and assist with legally governing their community. Public safety is always a top priority in any community.
It is no secret that Houston has a mobility issue. Without a car an individual can have a hard time making it to work, school, or even the hospital. We must promote public transportation and allow it to be user-friendly. Public transportation is often looked down upon as a second-class way to travel. We must remove this stigma and promote public transportation. Traveling by train or bus is simply another form of reliable transportation.
Our objective is to increase bus and train routes. Increasing the routes will allow Houstonians to get the most out of the transportation system. Promoting public transportation can help decrease traffic and allow tourist to view our amazing city.
Houston is a melting pot and the fourth-largest city in the country. Our beautiful city is the most diverse city in the United States. With that being said, we must be respectful and mindful of the different cultures in our city. Houston must remain a safe zone for culture, religion, gender, and creed.
No Houstonian should feel like a target and unwanted in Houston. Our goal is to be respectful of the different cultures and to take a keen interest in learning how to bond with each other. Through mutual respect, each Houstonian should be able to engage in a healthy dialogue and be able to respectfully disagree. Discrimination and segregation will never be tolerated and is not needed in our city.
Reduction incarceration: Over 10,000 inmates are incarcerated in Harris County Jail, causing severe overcrowding and the inmate population bursting at the seams. The Harris County jail is filled with nonviolent or low-level offenders being held in jail on low-cost bonds, but cannot pay them. The average jail sentence can cost approximately $20,000, placing an additional burden on the taxpayers. Placing low-level offenders on house arrest is more cost-effective and has an estimated yearly cost of $6000.
In addition, approximately 27 percent of the jail population are currently being treated for mental illnesses and are prescribed psychotropic medications. It is also putting an added strain on the already overpopulated jail and building an additional facility that houses mentally ill inmates instead of funding 25 million dollars to other jail facilities in West Texas and Louisiana.
Improving conditions in Harris County Jail: Enforcing visual checks by detention officers may prevent physical assaults, violations of jail policies by inmates, medical emergencies, and deaths of inmates. Currently, 31 inmates have died in Harris County Jail custody. In addition, filling the required positions can prevent inmates from being held in holding cells for an excessive amount of time, lack of medical attention, and delayed court proceedings. It’s no secret that Harris County Jail is not a clean facility, and ensuring it is clean will prevent infectious diseases.