About Mass Incarceration - Prison & Justice Reform
Since the 60s, the Prison-Industrial Complex has enriched itself with our taxpayer money while deliberately creating mass hysteria about crime. Meanwhile they have enacted crime bills that have only helped exasperated crime and diminished many of our cherished freedoms and civil rights. Enacted amid media hyped nationwide concerns over rising crime rates, the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 have made the United States the world’s number one incarcerator. Today, 6.7 million people are under some sort of correctional control, approximately 2.3 million are behind bars in jails and prisons, and 4.5 million are on probation and parole. Our punitive response to crime has played a critical role. Our Government has also promoted the militarization of our police. Today our legal-judicial-prison system has become a cash cow feeding off our treasury with little interest in understanding, preventing and solving the causes of criminal behavior. Enough is enough!