Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform seeks to end harsh policies and racial inequities in the criminal justice system. We focus on the “front end” of the criminal justice system—from policing to sentencing— seeking to end excessively harsh criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration, over-criminalization, and racial injustice, and stand in the way of a fair and equal society.

The for-profit prison industry is worth more than $70 billion. The term “Prison Industrial Complex” refers to the overlapping interests of the government and private corporations in mass incarceration, creating an underlying connection between punishment and commerce. Throughout our country, imprisoned individuals are enslaved, forced to work for private corporations for pennies a day or sometimes no money at all.

The boom of the prison-industrial complex came to fruition during the 1980’s when America declared a “War on Drugs,” which was enacted under the Reagan Administration. Funding for the FBI anti-drug task force skyrocketed from $8 million to $95 million in only four years, from 1980-1984. Meanwhile, funding for drug treatment and prevention was significantly reduced. Consequently, law enforcement agencies in the inner-city targeted underserved communities of color where Blacks were disproportionately incarcerated and displaced from society. This is why we have mass incarceration today — where we send more people to prison than any other country in the world. While only making up 5% of the world’s population, the US holds 25 percent of the world’s prison population. Minorities make up a majority of those who are incarcerated, while privileged CEOs of private corporations, such as CCA and GEO Group, pocket millions of dollars from incarcerating human beings.

The prison industrial complex is the new modern day form of slavery, which is why we are committed to criminal justice reform & an overhaul of the current incarceration culture.

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