While crime rates have fallen 45 percent since 1990, the memo said that the incarceration rate is now at a “historically unprecedented level,” jumping 222 percent between 1980 and 2012. An African-American man who never graduated from high school has a 70 percent likelihood of being imprisoned by his mid-30s; for similarly educated white men, the rate is about 15 percent. And the United States imprisons at a rate six times greater than most peer nations, including those of the European Union, Japan, Israel, and Mexico.
February 11, today, is “The Day We Fight Back”, an initiative to have the masses speak up and out to their local representative. I’m skeptical that writing e-mails or making phone calls will change much, if anything at all. Most of our congress critters, in my pessimistic view, are already in the pockets of some interest and that interest is not ours. But I also believe the one thing our political class loves more than money is their seat of power so maybe, just maybe, if enough phone calls are made so that a representative feels that seat is sufficiently threatened… well, who knows.
It’s certainly worth a try, so click the banner below and go send an e-mail or make a phone call to your local rep. It’s only a little thing but little things add up.