We are living in an age of mass incarceration. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 2,220,300 adults incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails in 2013 (latest available stats). That is almost 1% of the entire US population, and the largest prison population in the world. 1,500,000 Americans were arrested for non-violent drug offenses in 2013 alone.
Is this the kind of society we want to live in? A society where non-violent offenders make up at least half of the total incarcerated population, a society where we warehouse instead of rehabilitate? The long-reaching effects of our current criminal justice policies will leave our country crippled.
Students for Sentencing Reform advocates for rational and fact-based change in our criminal justice system. Non-violent offenders should be rehabilitated instead of warehoused, returned to their families and communities better prepared to be productive members of society.
We want the “corrections” put back in “correctional system”.