is so punitive, and why, as a nation, we incarcerate
so many of our citizens of color.
It's less expensive to educate than to incarcerate
. With continued and future support from corporations, public citizens, and the incarcerated, CCEF will continue to break multigenerational incarceration by investing in education versus incarceration.
Imprisonment, Scott Christianson argues, has been a defining feature of American life since Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World with a crew composed largely of impressed sailors and until the present day, when federal, state, and local prisons and jails incarcerate
almost two million people.
Mark Mauer of the Sentencing Project notes in The Race to Incarcerate
(New Press, 1999) that African American defendants are three to four times as likely to get the death penalty, while Tonry reports that blacks charged with a broad range of offenses are more likely to be convicted than whites and that black convicts generally serve longer sentences than their white counterparts.
It costs the state 10 times more to incarcerate
inmates than to educate them.
As the prison population continues its costly growth, debate on the issue of incarceration seems to revolve around not whether or not to incarcerate
offenders but just how hard to throw the book at them.