America is at a tipping point. In a country that continues to lead the world in locking up its own people, mass incarceration has emerged in recent years as a defining civil rights issue. A movement has blossomed in which formerly incarcerated people lead alongside diverse and influential allies, powerfully capturing what’s at stake: that runaway use of incarceration dehumanizes poor people and people of color, damages already marginalized communities, does not advance public safety, and siphons public resources with no social benefit.
In a time of deep political and ideological divides, the fight for justice is more urgent than ever. At the same time, the need to reform our criminal justice system remains a point of agreement among a public made increasingly aware of injustices, leaders of red and blue states alike,
and the local government actors who are in charge of delivering nearly all of our nation’s justice system.
We are working to sustain and grow the momentum to undo the failed apparatus of mass incarceration. In its wake we can instill practices
and build institutions that help build safe communities, are responsive to people, and affirm human dignity.
Our work begins at incarceration’s front door: local jails in communities in Atlanta and nationwide. Literally millions of men and women are jailed over the course of a year, mostly for crimes related to poverty, mental illness, and addiction, and often because they can’t post bail. Even a few days in jail can derail their lives and throw their families into turmoil.
Stemming the flow of people into jail begins by building knowledge and awareness through stories and data that document the human toll of jail and track local incarceration trends across the country. That must be paired with on-the-ground, comprehensive work: expanding alternatives to arrest, prosecution, and bail as smart, safe ways to downsize jails. Ebenezer’s work in Atlanta as well as with the Reverend and Senator Raphael G. Warnock is a national momentum for true Justice, Liberty, and the New American Way.
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