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  • MelanieG.Snyder

    many thanks, Nancy, for your great work highlighting the criminal “injustice” issues and for sharing the PPI charts, which are clear and easy to understand for the masses. You’re so right that we need a critical mass of people in the general public to understand these issues in order for real change to occur. I recently gave a TEDx talk on the radical notion that our prisons should be used only as an option of last resort (#PrisonAsALastResort) – and have done tons of public speaking to try to raise awareness and help build that critical mass. (here’s a link to the TEDx in case you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ_B1g6o_Co     Thanks again for your terrific advocacy and education work through this site!

  • KayWhitlock nancy a heitzeg yes we need them

  • KayWhitlock

    Prison Policy Initiative is producing the best, most revelatory charts and infographics on the U.S. incarceration society.  Huge gratitude to them.

  • KayWhitlock

    nancy a heitzeg Thanks to Cohen and Roeder for some clear-eyed cautionary warnings.

  • see also

    http://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/way-too-early-declare-victory-war-against-mass-incarcerationn by http://www.brennancenter.org/expert/andrew-cohen, http://www.brennancenter.org/expert/oliver-roedert is far too early, as a matter of law, of
    policy, and of fact, to be talking about a “plummeting” prison rate in
    the United States or to be declaring that the end is in sight in the war
    to change the nation’s disastrous incarceration policies. There is
    still far too much to do, far too many onerous laws and policies to
    change, too many hearts and minds to reform, too many families that
    would have to be reunited, before anyone could say that any sort of
    “tipping point” has been spotted, let alone reached. So, to respond to
    Humphreys’ work, we asked Oliver Roeder, a resident economist at the
    Brennan Center for Justice, to crunch the numbers with a little bit more
    context and perspective. What follows below ought to shatter the myth
    that America has turned a corner on mass incarceration. The truth is
    that many states continue to experience more incarceration than before,
    the drop in national incarceration rates is far more modest than
    Humphreys suggests, and the trend toward reform could easily stop or
    turn back around on itself.