‘The Criminal Justice System Is A Big Waste Of Money,’ Says REFORM CEO Van Jones

Many people are sent to jail for an extra year due to technical violations like being late to a probation meeting.

“There must be other ways to impose consequences on people when they’re under supervision than sending so many people back to prison for technical violations. If we can have people come home more successfully, that stops the revolving door of people going back in,” Van Jones said, adding that people need to have the ability to vote, rent housing and get an education so that felony convictions from decades ago don’t impact their ability to participate in society later in life.

“You know, any system that had this kind of failure rate — would have been rethought a long time ago.”