Prisonhouse of Nations — How the Neoconservatives Made the USA the Biggest Jailer in History and What Can Be Done About IT

Prisonhouse of Nations recounts how neoconservatives, in pursuit of their political agenda, made the USA the biggest jailer in the world and examines the social consequences of mass incarceration.  It is the tale of a juggernaut that continues to ruin the lives of millions of individuals and countless families and undermine the most vulnerable communities in America.  The article also identifies specific objectives for dismantling the system.

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  1. This article presents an excellent and comprehensive snapshot of the prison system in the USA. None of the corrective or reform ideas are new and some are blatantly obvious. However, as the leader of a prison reform (and, by default, a sentencing reform) agency in Arizona for the past 30 years, it has become clear that both Democrats and Republicans vote for “tough on crime” measures, so even a radical change in the composition of our legislative body would not guarantee any sort of constructive changes. Nor does it seem to matter all that much who is in the executive seat, either. Dismantling the system — a gargantuan industrial complex which feeds on its own failures for growth and sustainability — is very likely not possible unless there is a revolutionary change in each individual state of the union, spread throughout the country on many levels. I would like to believe in my lifetime that dramatic prison and criminal justice reform could take place, but have come to realize that very tiny, very incremental steps are the crumbs we reformers must satisfy ourselves with. Soaring rhetoric, fancy bar graphs, and hopeful suggestions for massive sweeps in the criminal justice system are not a luxury on which those who hope to reform the system can plant seeds. If I could return to earth 50 years after I am gone, I strongly suspect that the money will have been “found” to sustain the system pretty much the way it is operated today. Perhaps I am speaking out of turn, and it is only Arizona that has such a dismal prognosis?