On Thursday, May 21st we joined the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and other leading experts for a critical conversation on the history and impact of mass incarceration and the strategies to end it.
We are at a pivotal moment. Supporters of mass incarceration have argued that locking people away is needed to fight crime, but the imprisonment rate has climbed regardless of fluctuations in crime rates, giving the United States the highest incarceration rates in the world. The current revolving door system has done little to rehabilitate men and women; tearing families and leaving communities no safer.
The key to ending this cycle of trauma is recognizing the humanity of individuals who have made a mistake and dismantling the systems that fail to provide true community safety. Here were some highlights from the day’s events and panelists: