The Girl Next Door is Black

A couple of weeks ago, it surprised me to hear Attorney General Eric Holder say: “Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law-enforcement reason.” I wholeheartedly agree. I’m not a fan of our prison system; it’s broken.

It’s well known that the United States imprisons more people than any other country. Too often it seems we throw people in prison and forget about them. They’re wayward people who need to be punished for their bad deeds, right? But, what happens after prisoners get released? According to a 2011 Pew Center study“45.4 percent of people released from prison in 1999 and 43.3 percent of those sent home in 2004 were reincarcerated within three years, either for committing a new crime or for violating conditions governing their release.” California’s recidivism rates are some of the highest in the country. California…

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