Ending mass incarceration starts at home
Written by Solomon Jones on April 20, 2015
(Prison Cells image by miss_millions courtesy of Flickr)
I read with interest of singer John Legend’s “Free America” campaign, which aims to bring awareness to the problem of mass incarceration in the United States.
“It’s destroying families, it’s destroying communities and we’re the most incarcerated country in the world,” Legend told the Associated Press. “And when you look deeper and look at the reasons we got to this place, we as a society made some choices politically and legislatively, culturally to deal with poverty, deal with mental illness in a certain way and that way usually involves using incarceration.”
The campaign will include concerts in prisons, as well as meetings with political figures such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). It will include yet-to-be-named recording artists who will join Legend raising our awareness. It will include, quite frankly, nothing that will change the condition of those who currently comprise the 2.2 million Americans who’ve made the United States the most incarcerated nation on the planet.