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April 17, 2013

"Ending Mass Incarceration: Charting a New Justice Reinvestment"

Charting a New Justice ReinvestmentThe title of this post is the title of a notable new "paper co-authored by a group of researchers, analysts, and advocates dedicated to ending mass incarceration in the U.S."  The full 36-page report is available at this link, and this webpage provides an overview of the contents.  Here are some of the basics:

Justice Strategies Director, Judith Greene, has co-authored Ending Mass Incarceration: Charting A New Justice Reinvestment, with Vanita Gupta and Kara Dansky of the American Civil Liberties Union, Malcolm Young of Northwestern University Law School's Bluhm Legal Clinic, James Austin of the JFA Institute, Eric Cadora of the Justice Mapping Center, Todd Clear of Rutgers University, Marc Mauer and Nicole Porter of The Sentencing Project, and Susan Tucker, the former Director of The After Prison Initiative at the Open Society Foundations.

The paper traces the history and examines the impact of Justice Reinvestment (JR) since its inception a decade ago to its current incarnation as a national initiative.

The primary conclusion is that while JR has served to soften the ground for criminal justice reform, it has not achieved significant reductions in the correctional populations or costs in most of the states in which it has been conducted. This is in contrast to its original intent: to reduce corrections populations and budgets and reinvest in high incarceration communities to make them safer, stronger, and more equitable.

As originally conceived, Justice Reinvestment called for the reduction of corrections populations and budgets to generate savings that would be reinvested in high incarceration communities to improve public safety, and reverse the destructive effects of mass incarceration and harsh punishment visited disproportionately upon individuals and communities of color.

As implemented through legislation in 18 states, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative has helped stabilize corrections populations and budgets, educate state legislators and public officials about the expense of correctional system, and persuade them to undertake reforms, but it runs the risk of institutionalizing mass incarceration at current levels.

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It's hard to tell which is more prominent in a piece like this, its staleness or its dishonesty.

It's stale because it just re-packages the same "incarceration nation" theme we've seen, what, a hundred times here? Dressing it up in a (very slightly) different outfit and calling it a new "report" or a "study" doesn't change this.

Not surprisingly, then, it's dishonest in the same way its dozens of predecessors are dishonest, to wit, it focuses on the costs of prison while being dismissive (or just refusing to discuss) its benefits.

What tripe. ANY public program, prison, rehab, NASA, you name it, will have BOTH costs AND benefits, and by refusing to give an honest account of each, the authors expose themselves merely for the partisans they are. (Not that this is a surprise either).

"... reverse the destructive effects of mass incarceration and harsh punishment visited disproportionately upon individuals and communities of color."

Didn't take long to get to the race card, did it? Newsflash: As long as "individuals of color" commit a disproportionate amount of crime, and certainly a disproportionate amount of violent and hard-drugs crime, they are going to get disproportionately harsh sentencing.

Asians, who have also suffered from race-based discrimination, get disproportionately LESS involvement with the criminal justice system, including incarceration. Is this because of racial FAVORITISM toward Asians, all of a sudden?

Nonsense. It's because Asian culture and family life (particularly stable, two-parent families) tend to inculcate values that steer kids away from crime.

What tells the tale are values and behavior. This is true whether the latest "criminals-are-victims" "report" admits it or not.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Apr 17, 2013 10:09:42 AM

1950: 18% of black households were single [female]-headed
2009: 70%
2011: 72% {versus 25% overall Americans}

In 2005, while ▼13% of the population,
blacks committed ▼over 52% of the nation's homicides (and 46% of homicide victims).

"Black illegitimacy stands at 72%…
"1940: black illegitimacy was 19%"

"Many whites, from university administrators and professors, schoolteachers to employers and public officials accept behavior from black people that they wouldn't begin to accept from whites…
They might actually be stupid enough to believe nonsense taught by some of their sociology and psychology professors
▼that blacks can't be racists because they don't have power."▼

"Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks…
...[T]hey are [moral and] not civil rights problems nor can they be solved through a "conversation on race."…
If black people continue to accept the corrupt blame game agenda of liberal whites, black politicians and assorted hustlers,
as opposed to accepting personal responsibility, the future for many black Americans will remain bleak.

--newsone.com: 4/27/11; W. Williams, WaPo, 2/25/09

Posted by: Adamakis | Apr 17, 2013 1:41:45 PM

I don't think they belive it Adamakis. It's just not worth the shit storm that would result for calling them out on thier behaivor.

Posted by: rodsmith | Apr 17, 2013 2:28:03 PM

We live in a country so torn apart by race hustling and political correctness, that adamakis's citation of FACTS would be seen as "racist" by most of society.

The greatest post-slavery act of racism in this country was "The Great Society."

Posted by: TarlsQtr1 | Apr 17, 2013 2:43:13 PM

Bill, Bill Otis that is
Boy you didn't hold anything back on the above post, boy oh boy...
I didn't have to read between the lines to get it.. I'm still laughing as I try key this in..

My take on the article is, its just plain BS.. Its going no where...
Another article in that the author loves to hear themseleves talk it up..

Now if we get USA Holder and 80 congress people that want to back off on drugs
and long sentences, then something will get done...Otherwise its just daily fodder..

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Apr 17, 2013 2:50:27 PM

The feminist lawyer destroyed the black family. The rate of bastardy explains all disparities in social pathologies. So darker skinned immigrants have high rates of family formation, and lower rates of social pathologies than whites. It is not skin color, but bastardy.

Whites should not feel smug. The feminist lawyer is coming after the white family from all sides. The feminist lawyer and its male running dogs has put a generous bounty on divorce. It is seeking to degrade it by making equivalent in privilege as homosexual friendships. It is making an all out war on the productive white male from pre-school onward.

And yes, it is winning. The rate of bastardy is rapidly increasing among whites.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 18, 2013 8:09:50 AM

|| adamakis's citation of FACTS would be seen as "racist ||--TarlsQtr1

· "There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs,
and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a
living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs —

— partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want
the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. ."
--Booker T. Washington, My Larger Education, 1911

Is Al Sharpton bearing this out? "Toure"? Chris Matthews (whose views are coloured)?

Posted by: Adamakis | Apr 18, 2013 11:13:04 AM

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