The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world totaling 2.3 million inmates. Each year, prisons cost taxpayers 80 billion dollars. But with two thirds of those incarcerated returning back behind bars within a few years, clearly something within the system is broken. We discuss how some popular reforms do more harm than good to prisoners and what needs to change moving forward.
- Maya Schenwar, editor-in-chief, Truth Out, co-author, Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms
Links for more information:
- Truthout: We Must Not Exchange One Cage for Another — Let’s Abolish All Forms of Prisons
- Prison Fellowship: Helping Prisoners
- The Marshall Project
- Twitter: @MayaSchenwar