Ending Mass Incarceration in Pennsylvania
Mass incarceration, the imprisonment of large numbers of people for long periods of time, is an utter failure as public policy. It has a devastating impact on those who become ensnared in the criminal justice system, with life-long consequences even for those who are arrested but never convicted of a crime. Mass incarceration disproportionately harms poor communities of color and devastates families even as it fails to produce a proportional increase in public safety.
The Campaign for Smart Justice recently partnered with the Urban Institute to publish a Blueprint for Smart Justice in Pennsylvania, which details a number of key statistics and trends in Pennsylvania's criminal justice system while offering policy suggestions to put the commonwealth on track to achieve the Campaign for Smart Justice's goals.