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The United States contains 4.2% of the world's population but incarcerates 25% of the worl

Population members and staff are certainly affected by the inhumane conditions inside US prisons. Families are affected due to the stress of worrying about their loved ones and the cost of staying connected and supporting their loved ones' basic needs. But what about the general public? Are they affected? Texas Prisons Community Advocates believes that they are. Why should they care? Society at large MUST understand that what happens behind prison fences doesn't stay behind those fences. 

The #I'mAffected campaign's mission is to address the false narratives surrounding mass incarceration by educating the public on how mass incarceration negatively affects all of society and amplifying and making a space for the voices of system-impacted people. Through this campaign, people will be unified from all walks of life towards more humane conditions and a reduction to the carceral footprint in the US. 

"After nearly half a century of ballooning incarceration rates, the US is no safer than peer nations that, on average, incarcerate at only 15 percent the rate the US does. " - Health Affairs

The US leads in incarceration, and we are taking the top spot ahead of countries I don't think any American would like to be compared with. Click the button below to read an excellent report on where the US stands. 

The problem

Mass incarceration is not working, and its effects are costing society. So why do we stay on this course? Most frequently, especially in states like Texas, the foremost talking point is that we keep SOCIETY SAFER by LOCKING PEOPLE UP, and bad people should stay locked up for as long as possible. The research just doesn't back that up. According to a 2021 analysis of 116 studies, "Spending time behind bars either didn’t affect a person’s future crime risk or slightly increased it, compared with people who received a sentence that didn’t involve imprisonment. That finding held true for men and women, young people and adults, people who served time in county jails and those housed in state prisons. In no situation did time behind bars reduce a criminal’s risk of future crime, Damon Petrich of the University of Cincinnati reported in the journal Crime & Justice." 

The Costs

Societal Costs
Familial Costs
Health Costs
Financial Costs
We start by prioritizing true rehabilitation over punishment by increasing access to programs, job training,  and educational opportunities.
We recognize that dehumanizing prisoners is the same action the prisoner displayed towards their victims making us no better. All human beings are deserving of dignity. We MUST be examples
of a better way.
We learn from and follow the lead of others who have created proven, measured positive changes.

How do we change the course we are on?

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