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February 8, 2006

Interesting review of incarceration and redemption

Thanks to this post at ACSBlog, I see that the organization Opportunity Agenda has released a report entitled "The State of Opportunity in America," which purports to track the nation's progress toward making opportunity available to all.  Of particular interests to sentencing fans is this interesting chapter covering Redemption, which begins this way:

Over the last two decades, the scope of the criminal justice system has been expanded as a means of social control.  But this expansion has had a dampening effect on opportunity.  Opportunity is threatened by high rates of incarceration and the disproportionate impact of the criminal justice system on low-income communities of color.  Policies that limit access to educational resources, provide inadequate resources to address prisoners' health problems, and deny the vote and access to public benefits, also hurt opportunity — often well after offenders have paid their debts to society.

The chapter closes by suggesting strategies to allow criminal justice laws to help "restore and redeem individuals and communities whose lives are affected both directly and indirectly by criminal justice policies."

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