Mass Incarceration – How Did We Get Here? What Do We Do Now?
Incarceration in the United States is one of the main forms of punishment and rehabilitation for the commission of felony and other offenses. The United States has the largest prison population in the world, and the highest per-capita incarceration rate. In 2016 in the US, there were 655 people incarcerated per 100,000 population. This is the US incarceration rate for adults or people tried as adults. – Wikipedia
The Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), as it is officially known, is an important bellwether for crime and safety in the United States. In recent years, the release of the FBI data has been accompanied by warnings that violent crime is increasing and has been used to call for hard-line policies to combat spikes in offending. However, as Vera has reported in previous years, the overall trend has been (and continues to be) one of a steady decline in crime rates. If we take the long-view, the major crime categories tracked by the UCR that receive the most attention (property crime, violent crime, and homicide) are at much lower rates than their peak in the early 1990s. – VERA Institute of Justice
Today host Craig Lubow talks with Lewis Webb, Jr. from American Friends Service Committee, and Trinity Carpenter from Kansas Appleseed to talk about the mechanisms of Mass Incarceration and the effects on families and communities.
American Friends Service Committee – AFSC works to end mass incarceration, improve conditions for people who are in prison, stop prison privatization, and promote a reconciliation and healing approach to criminal justice issues.
Website – https://www.afsc.org/
Phone – 215-241-7000
Kansas Appleseed is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to vulnerable and excluded Kansans. We investigate social, economic, and political injustice in Kansas and work toward systemic solutions. We serve as a voice for the public at large and for individuals and groups who are without effective legal representation.
The JoJR Calendar for the week of October 1st
The KC Area Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide will hold their monthly meeting Friday, October 5th, beginning at 7:30 PM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 2552 Gillham Road, KCMO. POMC meets to provide assistance through on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy and awareness to all survivors of homicide victims.
The Criminal Justice Task Force will meet Monday, October 5th from 6:45 to 8:45 pm at the Church of the Good Shepard, 4947 Chouteau Drive, KCMO. The Criminal Justice Task Force mission is to lobby the Missouri State Legislature for sentencing laws that are fair and basic human rights of those that are incarcerated. For information contact Robin Johnson at 816-522-4081 or email: [email protected]
The Kansas City Chapter of Missourian’s For Altenatives to the Death Penalty will meet Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:30 to 8pm at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO.
Crossroads Correctional Center Family And Friends Advocacy Group will hold their monthly meeting Saturday 6th, 11am to 1pm at the Southeast Branch Library. There will be updates on conditions at CRCC and the lawsuit against the Department of Corrections.
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