During the State of the Union address last night, Donald J. Trump announced that he will take on prison reform “to help former inmates… get a second chance at life.”
Although the shift in tone is crucial, this is the same Administration that wants to scapegoat vulnerable populations to roll back the detrimental #WarOnDrugs & #ToughOnCrime era.
As 35 states – including #CA – have cut their crime & incarceration rates since 2008, we must CONTINUE to focus on local, state influences that support rehabilitation, reformation, & reintegration FOR ALL. Read the analysis of the declining prison population from Pew here.
Alexandra Mallick is the Executive Director of Re:store Justice. Her work in California includes policy and advocacy to advance criminal justice reform. In addition to working on legislation, she works with incarcerated individuals to help change the narrative and shine a light on the power of rehabilitation.