The modern prison industrial complex does not function to rehabilitate. Rather, it exists to punish, but the punishments continue long after the individual has paid their time.
There is a reason our country has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 2.3 million individuals held in prisons and jails and an additional 4.5 million individuals under post-release supervision. It's the same reason that despite comprising only 13% of the nation's population, African Americans make up 40% of the incarcerated population. Our nation's dark history of slavery continues to shape our modern systems and oppress our people.
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The myth of racial difference created to sustain American slavery persists today. Slavery did not end in 1865, it evolved.The Equal Justice Initiative works...