Sen. Kamala Harris On Criminal Justice Reform: ‘It’s Time We Address Women’s Incarceration’


Sen. Kamala Harris On Criminal Justice Reform: ‘It’s Time We Address Women’s Incarceration’

The California senator writes a moving piece for ESSENCE about the rising number of female prisoners in this country and how we engage in rehabilitation, not mass incarceration. 

For years, we’ve been offered a false choice on criminal justice policy. A choice that suggests one is either soft on crime or tough on crime. Instead, we should be asking, “are we smart on crime?”  
I can tell you on the issue of incarcerated women, we need to be smarter. There are 215,000 women sitting in American jails and prisons right now. Nearly one-third of all female prisoners in the world …

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