ACLU launches a campaign to end mass incarceration in USA
The campaign " Smart Justice Fair Justice" is calling for an end of the drug war and mass incarceration in the USA and promoting a health approach on drug policies.10 Nov 2014
For the last four decades, the USA has relentlessly expanded the size of our criminal justice system, needlessly throwing away too many lives and wasting trillions of taxpayer dollars. This criminal justice system is unproductive, wasteful, and dominated by racial disparities. Bad policies are made, and bad policies can be changed. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) campaign is called Smart Justice Fair Justice at it is already implementing solution. Invest in better systems is one of the pillars of their campaign.
Problems like mental illness, substance use disorders, and homelessness are more appropriately addressed outside the criminal justice system altogether. Services like drug treatment and affordable housing cost less and can have a better record of success. It's time we got serious about pulling our money out of incarceration and putting it into systems that foster healthy communities.
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