Mass Incarceration: Organizing for a Change

by Matt Pillischer

mass incarcerationJust four decades ago, criminal justice experts hypothesized about a future in America where prisons would no longer be necessary or practical. We had a U.S. prison population of about 300,000, non-militarized police departments and decent-paying jobs in our cities. But in the 1970s and 1980s, the “War on Drugs” was launched, the “Tough on Crime” movement emerged and politicians on both sides of the aisle were racing to lock up more people for longer sentences for more reasons.
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