Today I want to teach you one simple fact. It is the foundation for most of the work that I do. And I need you to understand the size and scope of the problem we're facing. The United States is the single most incarcerated nation in the entire history of the world.
We are the most incarcerated nation in the history of the world because that is how this system was built.
This country is controlled by systems that place punishment over prevention. Black men receive life sentences for nonviolent drug charges, but have no access to rehab facilities. Parents are jailed for falsely reporting their address because the schools in their neighborhoods are so underfunded they cannot send their children there.
Mass incarceration is so deeply embedded into the fabric of America that when you threaten to change or abolish it, the backlash is intense. Many cannot imagine a world without a heavy police presence. We have been desensitized and taught to believe that this is just the way things are, the way they’ve always been and the way they must continue to be.
In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down just what it means to be living in the incarceration nation.