America’s criminal justice system should keep communities safe, treat people fairly, and use fiscal resources wisely.

But more Americans are deprived of their liberty than ever before - unfairly and unnecessarily, with no benefit to public safety.

Through sentencing reform, our government should invest in alternatives to incarceration and make prisons the option of last – not first – resort.

Effects of Over Incarceration

Over incarceration has led to:

  • Facilities that are dangerously overcrowded.
  • Medical systems that are overwhelmed.
  • Work, education, and treatment programs that are inadequate.

ACLU-DE fights unlawful conditions in jails and prisons on behalf of prisoners.

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