“For over forty years our criminal justice system has over-relied on punishment, policing, incarceration and detention. This has ushered in an age of mass incarceration. This era is marked by sentencing policies that lead to racially disproportionate incarceration rates and a variety of ‘collateral consequences’ that have harmed our communities and schools. . . .”
The nation's "justice" components, along with rehab facilities, suffer from Puritan constipation that has dark roots in racism and classism. It is [past] time for a re-Enlightenment.
“Now is time for innovation in our approach to punishment and the moment is right for a philosophical shift in the way we think about what is truly just in the justice system.”
yes! yes! yes! in fact the time has been right from the founding of the u.s. with its institutionalized slavery and genocide. better late than never!
Restructuring our voting system beginning at the city level to acknowledge the right to vote of all citizens over 18 including those in prison or the age at which they can be tried in adult court together with a voting system that guarantees access to voting in a convenient fashion by the citizen, and in a transparent fashion, i.e., no voting machines, would remove an incentive for criminalizing by race.
The Fish Stinks from the Head back.