Policing Reform Essential to Address Mass Incarceration

Vera Institute of Justice report published earlier this month finds that: “While not all jail admissions stem from arrests…the growth in admissions as crime and arrest rates have fallen to lows not experienced since 1970 and 1980, respectively, strongly suggests that between then and now, police enforcement has become an expressway to jail.”

Such trends are the result, in part, from an increasing number of incidents to which police are responding “that might not constitute true public safety emergencies” and for which “they are neither trained nor equipped to properly handle.”

This includes homelessness, as well as mental health and substance abuse issues, which the report suggested are best handled through means other than arrest, citation, incarceration or combination of the three.

Full article published by Ethics Daily. Read the full article here.

Vera report available here.

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