By Alex Krehbiel One would think that the sharp rise in incarceration rates, which began in the 1970ís and 1980ís and hasnít tapered off, was a result of increasing crime. While there's statistical evidence in the 1980ís that showed a correlation between rising rate of crime and rising rates of incarceration, that changed in the 1990ís and beyond. Incarceration rates and prison construction continued to rise, while the rate of crime dropped. Very recently and very modestly the incarceration rate has tapered off somewhat, but the overall [...]
Prisoners want jobs when we get out of prison. There are 2.3 million people behind bars in the US. Even after we have served our time, we are discriminated against. Itís very hard for former prisoners to get a job, we can't vote, and many other doors are closed to us that are open to others.
By Alex Krehbiel The ongoing protests against police brutality and racism that have been taking place in numerous cities and states across the country in response to the murder of unarmed African-American men is a progressive and hopeful phenomenon. This multi-racial movement has taken to the streets in large numbers to vociferously denounce these killings and the race-based inequities in our legal system, including mass incarceration. They demand an end to these murders. That the perpetrators be brought to justice, and that mechanisms like community control [...]