Did you know that people are routinely put in jails and prison for being homeless, having mental health issues, and using drugs? Even though it is way more expensive to lock people up than to provide them with treatment programs or housing, most states, counties, and cities still take the easy way out and throw people behind bars.
Sign up to be part of our Thunderclap to tell elected officials and police departments to STOP OVERCRIMINALIZING non-violent people!
This video, action and article series will launch October 9th, and will expose the illogical ways we’re using jail time to address a whole host of social problems. Instead of solving problems like drug dependency or homelessness, we’ve criminalized them. This means that the criminal justice system is playing the role of redundant and costly middleman, standing between struggling people and the services they need. This type of over-criminalizing is a major reason state budgets are buckling under the weight of mass incarceration.
When our tax dollars are picking up the tab, it makes sense to put funds where they will make the biggest impact. Housing programs help solve homelessness. Jobs help solve poverty. Health care treats mental illness. Criminal charges and lock-up just waste time and money.
We’ll tell the stories of people who have been processed through the criminal justice system over and over again, all because their underlying problem was criminalized instead of solved. We’ll then profile the intervention that finally did improve their life and show how removing this problem from the criminal justice system is the less expensive and more effective way to solve it. This series will also give viewers the opportunity to take action, urging cities to adopt the reforms that have worked elsewhere.
Join our Thunderclap and help us spread this message! Thank you for joining us, and we can't wait to launch the video on October 9th!