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.