Soledad O’Brien: How to Curb Our Mass Incarceration Epidemic



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04.07.155:15 AM ET

Soledad O’Brien: How to Curb Our Mass Incarceration Epidemic

The newswoman and CEO writes about what we can do to curb this vicious cycle of imprisonment. O’Brien’s doc Kids Behind Bars premieres April 12 on Al Jazeera America.

There is no mistaking the razor wire, locked rooms, and guards marching through sterile halls. The J. Paul Taylor Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a prison.

But inside this juvenile detention center no one is using the word “inmates” to describe the 48 boys and young men, ages 12 to 21, who have committed a string of crimes ranging from the most petty to murder. They are “clients” and the administration says it’s dedicated to treating them that way. The approach is the result of a program that emphasizes reform over punishment and calls itself “Cambiar,” the Spanish word for change. It was chosen to indicate that the system is transforming itself and these juvenile offenders along with it. …

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/07/soledad-o-brien-how-to-curb-our-mass-incarceration-epidemic.html

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