Prison Recovery Network Blog:The state of Mass Incarceration in the U.S.


This video briefly summarizes the scope of mass incarceration in the U.S., the lack of robust reentry solutions, and the devastating effects on the prisoners and their families.Mass incarceration is a major problem and we make no excuses for anyone’s criminal behavior, but pose the question – what kind of country do we want to live in? Do we want to waste our most precious natural resource – our people; or should we spend a fraction of our prison budgets to help those who are ready to turn their lives around and become good tax paying citizens? Do we want to spend a growing portion of our state and federal budgets on prisons – which breed more dangerous criminals the way they currently operate, or would we rather spend that money on education and infrastructure which ultimately makes us stronger in the long term?

Remember 97% of prisoners will be released. Don’t we owe it to ourselves to help them? Is preventing the crimes they might commit in the future worth supporting the organizations that want to help them through reentry programs, remedial education, workforce development, and family reunification?

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