Why is a community-based model so important?

History proves that police, government, private, and non-profit forces monitor money-poor communities more than money-rich areas. In spite of good intentions, this surveillance is a form of control, and it can have devastating affects.

For example, studies from places like the Harvard Civil Rights Project show that illegal drug use in rich neighborhoods is equal and sometimes greater than it is in poor areas. But, due to un-equal search and seizure laws and policies, more poor people are arrested for possession of illegal drugs than rich. This means that it is not only drug use, but income that decides whether one person is free while another is in prison. Skin color is another factor that adds to this injustice in the United States, and cannot be ignored.