The United States of America is known globally for being the land of the free, the land of voting rights, and the land where all people have the right to achieve success regardless of their upbringing. Unfortunately, greed, social circumstances, and political gain have created a human rights vacuum in which over 2 million US citizens are not free, they are enslaved by the Prison Industrial Complex. Mass incarceration in the United States is an unsettling phenomenon that allows for the systemic disenfranchisement of predominately Black and Brown low socioeconomic status (SES) men and teenagers. Nongovernment organizations are working toward criminal justice reform, so the justice system is more fair for all US citizens.
Links to additional relevant NGOs
Ideas for helping out with the issue
- Humanize prisoners to reduce rates of re-incarceration.
- Remove legislation that promotes racial profiling.
- Fund schools better in low income, colored communicates with high crime rates.
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“Love departs in shortest moment of trial Peace and joy flee too in its denial This steel cage is now your proper place The demon of self alone to face” -Anonymous California Prisoner 2006