Overincarceration

» Smart Justice PA: Ending Mass Incarceration in PA

More Americans are under some form of correctional control than ever before, often unnecessarily, at a huge expense to both personal liberty and taxpayer wallets. Our nation’s punitive drug policies in particular have failed to achieve public safety while putting unprecedented numbers of people behind bars and eroding constitutional rights. The ACLU is committed to comprehensive reform of our criminal justice system, including preventing unnecessary involvement of juveniles in the system, ending profiling on the basis of race, re-thinking overly harsh mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws, ensuring adequate representation for people accused of crimes, diverting substance abusers from prisons to treatment, respecting the human and constitutional rights of people in our correctional facilities, and advocating for dignified community re-entry.

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