12/3 Maya Schenwar: Why Prison’s Don’t Work

December 3, 2014

Maya Schenwar the author of  Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better explains why she is a prison abolitionist not a reformist. The Many ways that prison does not work and why focusing on prison allows us to not deal with the real issues. Theories that explain drops in the crime rate. Does lower incarceration rates help lower crime? Prison skills training and discrimination against ex convicts. Find out smart ways other countries are dealing with incarceration and drug addiction. Why we should treat Heroin addiction as a medical problem and not a criminal one. Maya’s families experience with the prison system. The horrifying experience of Maya’s sister having a child in prison. Why Restorative Justice is the way forward.

On The Fun Half: Republicans want to defund the Department of Homeland Security to protest President Obama’s deferred action program for undocumented immigrants, black man stopped by Police for walking with his hands in his pockets, Cleveland Plain Dealer tries to smear Tamir Rice’s father and your calls and IMs.

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