Our prisons cannot continue to rely on deprivation, control and institutional violence to maintain order.
The failure to provide adequate treatment, programs and education is not justifiable, given the growth in prison spending in recent years as populations have declined — and given the high societal costs of recidivism.
We must re-align priorities in correctional budgets, and we must move forward with decarceration.
Prison distills all of our systemic injustices. People come there disproportionately from communities that are policed rather than resourced.
The incarcerated are housed in dismal cinder-block cells, deprived of adequate care, decent food and education, and paid pennies per hour, if they are lucky to even have a job.