Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people are disproportionately incarcerated for technical violations.
Women are criminalized and confined at disproportionate rates to men. People of color are criminalized and confined at disproportionate rates to whites, especially African-Americans and Indigenous People.s The campaign will include the leadership of both communities in all aspects of the work, but it is specifically focused on the needs and liberation of those communities. The project has a heavy emphasis on eliminating gender-based violence (all forms of sexual assault and domestic violence), ending mass incarceration, ending poverty, empowering all our people and building community resilience, while working collaboratively in coalition with other racial justice movements.
Crimeless revocations are very common, with over 1.5 million cases each year in the United States (about 10% of all people on parole and probation)
The next time you hear anyone complain about “soft” sentences, tell them about the crimeless revocations happening for decades for the most minor violations. With over millions of people on parole and probation (probation is the most popular form of criminal punishment in the United States), it’s hard to believe that crimeless revocations are happening in the thousands for violations as minor as missing a work or school assignment, or failing to stay in school and earn a diploma.
Our country incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, including Russia and China.
For too long, our society has relied on imprisonment as a response to problems of poverty and racism. This "lock 'em up and throw away the key" mentality has failed us in many ways. While it hasn't made us safer, it has wasted our tax dollars. At the same time, bloated prison populations have undermined efforts to ensure public safety by hindering the reintegration of formerly incarcerated people into their families and communities.
We legislated ourselves into this Mass Incarceration mess and we’re gonna have to build power and win to get us out of it.
With over 3 million people on probation nationwide, you need to be one of the people who stand up and say, “Enough is enough”. Crimeless revocations used to be reserved for defendants who committed a technical violation — such as failure to pay a fine, or failing a urine test — while on probation. But the federal government and most states have been increasingly using the technique to revoke the probation of defendants who commit even the most minor offenses — even those that don’t involve a victim.