Campaign to End the New Jim Crow

We challenge the culture of racism, repression and retribution that sustains mass incarceration. We seek to remove the structural injustices inflicted on the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, their families and the communities from which they come. We seek human rights for all members of our society non-violently, in opposition to our current system of justice, which is inherently violent.

Join us as we embark on our campaigns to reform parole,ban the box and end the torturous use of solitary confinement in NY’s prisons, jails and detention centers

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  • The U.S. leads the world in incarceration: over 2 million people behind bars – nearly a 500% increase over the past thirty years. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population yet approximately 25 percent of the world’s prisoners
  • More than 60 percent of the U.S. prison population are people of color
  • With the emergence of “Secure Communities”, and other race-based injustices, 1 in 6 Latino men born today can expect to be incarcerated in their lifetime
  • The fastest growing prison population is women of whom over two-thirds are the primary caregiver of minor children
  • There are approximately 7.2 million people under some form of corrections supervision in the U.S.
  • There are over 92 thousand juveniles in federal, state and local custody
  • Mass incarceration devastates communities by diverting needed resources from vital needs like education, housing, healthcare to prison and corrections expansion
  • The “War on Drugs”  accounts for nearly one quarter of those incarcerated

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