It's pretty messed up! The United States locks up more people than any other country, but that hasn't made us safer. The drug war jails thousands of nonviolent addicts. Taxpayers and poor communities lose as states slash social programs to pay for prisons. There's a better way -- compassion, not punishment; restoration, not isolation.
Part 2 is Broken On All Sides. Part 3 is Visions of Abolition. Part 4 is Punishment: A Failed Social Experiment. All worth watching to learn more.
There are many things you can do to stop the expansion of prisons and support abolitionist work. Below are a few ways to connect with abolitionists who are already doing this work.
- organize a film screening of Visions of Abolition or Broken On All Sides as a tool for raising discussion in your community
- educate yourself on the state's budget and find out where they are spending their money
- join a chapter of Critical Resistance
- get involved in re-entry work, anti-expansion work, anti-police brutality work, or other anti-prison work (for a list of anti-prison organizations, please visit: www.anewwayoflife.org, www.criticalresistance.org, and www.curbprisonspending.org)