Mass incarceration of Americans, particularly minorities, is an issue that our nation has never solved. From African-American enslavement and Jim Crow Laws, to the War on Drugs of the late twentieth-century and beyond, the United States justice system has complicated the rule of law and terms of punishment when its entire purpose is to create a safer society. When tackling this ongoing issue, prominent figures and organizations throughout United States history have called for reform, and in some cases reform has taken place, but these movements always lose momentum and focus.
In “Rattling the Cage,” Adam Gopnik from The New Yorker studies the long history and misconceptions of American prison reform and asks current reformers to re-evaluate their motives to ensure they are indeed for the people of the United States, not for political gain. Referring to John F. Pfaff’s new book, “Locked In,” Gopnik states, “we are in desperate need of reform, [Pfaff] insists, but we must reform the right things, and address the true problem.” Source: Kaye Blegvad, New York Times
Why You Should Read Gopnik’s Story:
1. If you are passionate about justice for American prisoners, just as we are at We the People Org, Gopnik breaks down the issues of American prison reform that makes it easier for us to understand.
2. Gopnik addresses the multi-dimensional problems of mass incarceration, from for-profit prison schemes to the ambitious motives of prosecutors in the justice system.
3. Gopnik’s story backs We the People Org’s initiative to release prisoners who have received non-sensible sentences for non-violent crimes.