Criminal Justice Reform


Ending Mass Incarceration and Giving Everyone A Fair Shot

Nathaniel Doss III believes that in the Land of the Free Home of the Brave, it is a scandal and a scar on the soul of America to imprison more people at a higher rate than any other country in the world. With our country containing only 5 percent of the world’s population while warehousing nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, real and immediate change is needed.


Nathaniel also believes that it is morally wrong and economically backward to close the doors of social re-entry on the formerly incarcerated. He understands that arrests, even for minor infractions, can devastate generations of Tennesseans when parents and children are stripped of their potential for upward social mobility. Nathaniel Doss III believes that people who have paid their debt to society in prison can continue to make contributions to their communities after they have served their time. Nathaniel understands that behind each statistic is a family broken by a failed justice system. As a Congressman, he will fight to move the nation toward justice and away from the harmful, ineffective, and costly policies that have devastated so many Tennessean families.


Nathaniel Doss III, also believes we need to responsibly fund the police while reimagining the relationship between police departments and the communities that they serve. In order to ensure accountability and build trust, he understands that we need to invest resources into the training of police officers and into building genuine bonds of community rather than sowing the seeds of distrust. For this relationship, it’s equally critical for communities to trust that the justice system is designed to support them, which is why Nathanial Doss III also supports appointing independent prosecutors to handle police-involved shootings.

In the House of Representatives, Nathaniel will work to:

  • Responsibly fund police departments while increasing accountability and ensuring our communities can support critical services outside of the criminal justice system;
  • Reduce senseless gun violence;
  • Reform the bail system and end mass incarceration;
  • End the use of privatized prisons; and
  • Ensure returning citizens can reenter society with access to adequate resources and support.