Criminal Justice Reform (People's agenda)

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A graph of the incarceration rate under state and federal jurisdiction per 100,000 population 1925–2008 (omits local jail inmates). The male incarceration rate (top line) is 15 times the female rate (bottom line).

The incarceration rate in the United States today is five times what it was 40 years ago -- roughly half a percent of the population since 2003 vs. 0.1 percent between 1925 and 1974; see the accompanying plot. The Wikipedia article on United States incarceration rate discusses the changes in law and judicial practices that have driven this increase and offers only one explanation for the socio-political context that drove those changes in law: Changes in the management of the mainstream commercial media.[1]

Mental Health and Police training/knowledge

Ban the box

Data collection on all police stops

Promoting community policing

Demilitarization of police departments

Victims of crime support

Stop civil asset forfeiture

Caps on fines and fees

Make diversion costs affordable

Decriminalization of marijuana

ACLU SMART justice agenda

Repeal Death Penalty

Protect Juvenile Justice Reform

Stop privatization of prisons and detention centers

Support suspended/revoked drivers license reform

Support independent investigation of officer involved shootings


  1. A review of the revision history of the Wikipedia article on United States incarceration rate reveals that the discussion of the media was added in August, 2013. There have been roughly 200 edits since then with no questions raised about those assertions nor no alternative explanations suggested. This article averaged over 600 views per day over the past 90 days. That suggests that if there were a plausible alternative explanation, it would likely have been mentioned by now.