WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) - District Attorney Ben David took part in a major crime initiative in Washington DC Wednesday afternoon.
A group of 130 law enforcement officials and prosecutors launched Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, an organization aimed at reducing crime and incarceration.
Leaders said keeping more people out of jail will help those who need treatment for drug and alcohol problems or mental health issues more likely to improve and reintegrate into society if they receive more and better care.
Members of the group who spoke at the press conference said the organization has four goals:
- Find alternatives to incarcerations
- Balance the application of laws
- Reform mandatory sentences
- Strengthen ties with community
Ben David is a founding member of the group and said jail cells need to be reserved for career and violent criminals.
"Verdict means to speak the truth and what we are doing today is speaking the truth, we can reduce crime and incarceration in this country," David said.
Other speakers at the event included:
- William Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department
- Charlie Beck, Chief, Los Angeles Police Department
- Cathy Lanier, Chief, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
- Garry McCarthy, Superintendent, Chicago Police Department
- Ronal Serpas, former Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department
- Charles McClelland, Chief, Houston Police Department