Today, America’s mass incarceration rates top those of any other nation in the world. The War On Drugs has been a massive failure, and there is much work to do to help those unfairly punished. More than 31 million people have been arrested in America since the Drug War began. In 1980 there were 500,00 in prison, but today there are 2.2 million. Roughly 65 million people have criminal records, including tens of millions of Americans who have been arrested but never convicted of any offense, or convicted only for misdemeanors. More African American adults are under correctional control today (in prison, jail, on probation, or parole) that were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.
This website addresses the issues of the current criminal justice system and how historical policies and ideologies enabled the system’s rigid, discriminatory structure.