Prison Reform, Decarceration, or Smoke and Mirrors?
By Kay Whitlock, Nancy Heitzeg
Published in Critical Mass Progress on March 13, 2013
“We are bombarded daily with a blizzard of often competing numbers and stories regarding the state of criminal injustice. Are prison populations declining? Have we really “decreased incarceration” and expanded “diversion”? Have racial disparities in criminal justice decreased? Are they no longer relevant? Have police practices reduced incarceration rates? Are “community” correctional alternatives working? Have we entered a new era of “prison reform”?”