Ten Things You Can Do
Back in October, The Nation ran a list of ten things you can do to help mitigate the harms of mass incarceration, suggested by Paul Butler, so-called “recovering prosecutor” and author of Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice (New Press, 2009). For example [both the content and corresponding links are via The Nation]:
4 Hire a formerly incarcerated person. Every year about 600,000 people get out of jail. The odds are against their landing a job, which is a huge factor in why more than half will be re-arrested within a year. Go to Hired Network. Go here if you are formerly incarcerated or visit Reentry Policy.
5 Vote for politicians who are smart on crime. Tougher sentences aren’t the answer. In the US criminal sentences are twice as long as those in England, three times those in Canada and five to ten times those in France. And yet crime rates in US cities are higher than in those nations.
Surely there are more than just ten things we can do; readers are invited to leave additional suggestions in the “Comments” section.