prison industrial complex

Ask your member of Congress to support H.R. 3713, the Sentencing Reform Act. Background: Decades of overly harsh sentences, particularly mandatory minimums, have led to a dramatic increase in the incarcerated population in the U.S. Our country now incarcerates more people than any other in the world. Unfair sentences have affected millions of families across…

Read more Support criminal justice reform!

Today we are delighted to share some reflections from the MennoBytes blog on a recent criminal justice event that we co-sponsored, along with the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in Harrisonburg, Virginia: I am fortunate to work on the edge of the Eastern Mennonite University campus—known around the world, literally, for…

Read more The Church and Criminal Justice: What it Looks Like “On the Ground”

Since 1980, the U.S. prison population has expanded 500%, an astounding figure that has resulted in 2.3 million people in prison, more than any other country in the world. Using this interactive map from the Vera Institute for Justice, you can see just how much the incarceration rate has changed in your county over the…

Read more Mapping mass incarceration

In the colossal entity that is the United States criminal justice system, an estimated 20% of prisons are private and for-profit. Private prisons provide an awful incentive to continue the sad trend of mass incarceration that the United States has had for decades. Contracts that federal and state governments have with private prisons usually stipulate…

Read more Private prisons continue to thrive

By Joshua Russell The United States considers itself to be a leader in many areas. One of the areas that we lead in, however, is a shameful one. The United States incarcerates more people (currently 2.2 million) at a higher rate than any other country in the world. Misguided policies and laws, including mandatory minimum…

Read more Profiting from prisons