Prison reform is sweeping the nation. Thanks to lots of hard work, many laws, jails, and prisons are changing for the better.
Even the federal government is taking steps, but some people are just trying to make money. And what they’re up to tells us a lot!
Makers of stun guns and body cameras are using the demand for police to be less lethal to turn a profit. They’re able to sell more to police departments looking to appease the public with less-lethal devices.
Body camera sales are UP - they even charge money to store the footage!
You can even PAY to have your charges dismissed through reforms called diversion programs. DA’s have the power to drop charges against non-violent offenders if they please, but it comes at a COST.
One reason that a lot of conservative states are engaging criminal justice reform is to save money. It’s EXPENSIVE locking up, feeding, providing medical care, and so on to Black people.
It’s not that they care about us. It’s about numbers and costs.
You’d think a lot of these people talking about prison reform would have the best of intentions, but we have to be careful who we trust. After all, reform should be about righting the wrongs of the criminal justice system. Some are just looking for new ways to make money off of us.