The Evolution: Slavery To Mass Incarceration
Huffington Post
October 6, 2016

“The United States called by some the land of the free and the home of the brave, leads the world in incarceration, with over 2 million people behind bars; that is a 500 percent increase over the past 40 years. Moreover, the United States has just five percent of the world population, yet holds approximately 25 percent of its prisoners. The Sentencing Reform and Correction Act S.2123; the Sentencing Reform Act H.R.3713; and the Corrections and Recidivism Reduction Act H.R.759 take a first step to end mass incarceration at the federal level. But, how did we get here? If history is any guide, it will show that mass incarceration is no mistake or policy mishap, but a system evolved from America’s greatest sin: slavery.”

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