This month, New Jersey Senators Cory Booker (NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) introduced the REVERSE MASS INCARCERATION ACT OF 2017, designed to create incentives for states to reduce the number of people in their prisons.
The Crime Report
Unlike with drugs or other low-level crimes, you never hear the oft-repeated phrase “we can’t incarcerate our way out of the problem” if that problem is violent crime.
The Vera Institute of Justice teamed up with Chicago Ideas to reenvision the American prison system, and imagine a society in which prisons serve as rehabilitation facilities for communities and citizens, rather than as crippling institutions.
The Marshall Project
One of the myths of criminal justice reform is that you can cut the prison population in half by freeing non-violent offenders: the guy who sold a little weed to his classmates, the shoplifter, people who have done stupid things but aren't necessarily scary. As you know, more than half of those who are incarcerated are there for violent crimes, and many of those who are sentenced for nonviolent crimes plead down from more serious charges. These are people who frighten us — and they really frighten politicians. You want us to think differently about them. Explain.
The Washington Post
Over the past thirty years, the United States has grown our use of incarceration to a level that is globally unique and historically unprecedented. Only recently, we have come to reckon with the limitations of this strategy as a tool to deliver safety. We have begun to understand its devastating impacts on individuals, families, and communities, and the human and financial cost borne by us all. But we have largely missed the constituency who, I believe, have paid the greatest price for the failures of mass incarceration: crime survivors.
The New York Times
Surviving a shooting or stabbing in a poor New York City neighborhood is often a prelude to a long battle for help.
The Only Way To Tackle Mass Incarceration Is To Address The Issue Of Those Convicted Of Violent Offenses
Violence And Redemption, TakePart's Big Issue Vol. 11
The Washington Post
The Washington Post's Tom Jackman discusses the role of courts in the criminal justice system with William Otis of Georgetown University, Mark O'Mara, Former prosecutor, defense attorney and CNN analyst, Adam Foss, Co-founder of Prosecutor Integrity and Danielle Sered, Director of Common Justice.
There is a group of people who need us to end mass incarceration more than almost any other: crime survivors.