DID YOU KNOW?
The U.S. leads the world in incarceration with more than 2.2 million people behind bars and that number has grown 700% since 1972.
Yet- incarceration increases have not contributed to crime declines, and long prison sentences have proven ineffective as a crime control measure. Instead, incarceration has destabilized communities, drained state resources, and produced staggering racial disparities. All the while, low-income communities and communities of color continue to experience concentrated crime cycles with little access to prevention, treatment, or help.
When we lock people up, we lock ourselves in.
Into more and more prison spending with less money for everything else.
Into longer sentences for more people with less rehabilitation.
When we lock people up, we lock ourselves out.
Out of violence prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Out of wellbeing and safety for all of our communities, especially those most harmed and least helped.