Thursday, May 8, 2014

US: A Nation Behind Bars --- Human Rights Watch (US)

A new report suggests that far too many laws violate basic justice by imposing disproportionate and severe punishment. The report makes a direct connection to the current practice of mass incarceration and the propensity for focus on minorities. The three decades old excessive practices have been a preferred way of fixing many social problems. “There is growing national recognition that disproportionately harsh laws are not needed to protect public safety and to hold offenders accountable for their crimes. To the contrary, community well-being is best served by fair laws and just sentences,” says Jamie Fellner, co-author of the report. The report includes five recommendations well worth putting at the forefront of all justice system policy in Canada as well. 

Full report (A 21 page downloadable pdf):