Live Free's Agenda for Ending Mass Incarceration and Criminalization
Live Free Campaign | 2016
This report is a tool for local communities to reduce the number of people of color lost to gun homicides and incarceration. It shows that we are putting far too many people in local jails for extraordinarily long periods of time – often without ever being charged or convicted of crimes. Our jails are full of people behind bars simply because they’re poor, or have untreated mental health or drug addiction. The human and financial costs of jail-first policies are enormous. The report compares county jail data and local policies to best practices in communities across the U.S. It provides a roadmap for dramatically reducing the number of people entangled in the criminal justice system and adopting policies that prevent gun violence without criminalizing whole communities.