Community Crisis Response: Mass Incarceration and the “New Jim Crow”

Middle of Nowhere is a fictional story, but the struggles of its main protagonist, who waits five years for her boyfriend’s release, are shared by an overwhelming number of Americans. For over a decade, the U.S. incarceration rate has ranked as the world’s highest. The flaws and unjust policies threaded throughout America’s criminal justice system are numerous and wide-ranging. So it follows that there’s no shortage of advocates pushing for reform. a growing movement of coalitions and think-tanks is taking a more aggressive rhetorical tack. is gaining traction with a broader audience. Whether that attention brings about the momentum to implement effective and humane policies in our correctional system still remains to be seen.

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