Press Room: Overincarceration

The U.S. has an addiction to incarceration that costs taxpayers billions of dollars and does little to bring down crime rates. Along with the runaway growth of private prisons and the indiscriminate use of solitary confinement, the nation’s corrections system needs serious reform.

EXPERT SOURCES

Vanita Gupta

Vanita Gupta is Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. She is also Director of the organization’s newly-formed Center for Justice, which addresses systemic problems in the U.S. criminal justice system, including the treatment of prisoners, the death penalty, and the policies of over-incarceration that have led the United States to imprison more people than any other country in the world. ... MORE »


David Fathi

David Fathi first joined the National Prison Project in 1990 and worked as a staff lawyer for more than 10 years before becoming director in 2010. From 2007-2010, Fathi was Director of the U.S. Program at Human Rights Watch, which works to defend the rights of particularly vulnerable groups in the U.S. He has published groundbreaking reports on the death penalty, prison conditions, racial discrimination, the rights of immigrants, and many other human rights issues. He is a nationally recognized expert on solitary confinement and has extensively litigated challenges to conditions in "supermax" prisons.... MORE »


Ezekiel Edwards

Ezekiel Edwards is director of the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project, which oversees efforts on drug law reform, mass incarceration and law enforcement abuses. ... MORE »


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Margaret Winter is Associate Director of the ACLU National Prison Project. She was lead counsel for plaintiffs in the case that led to the closing of Mississippi's supermax prison. She is currently challenging overcrowding, excessive force, mistreatment of the mentally ill, and other unconstitutional conditions of confinement in the Los Angeles County Jail, the largest jail in the nation... MORE »


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Amy Fettig is a Senior Staff Attorney with the National Prison Project with expertise in solitary confinement, prison rape, reform in juvenile facilities and women’s health in prison... MORE »



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Jason Williamson is a staff attorney with the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project, with an expertise on unreasonable search and seizure, police practices and indigent defense reform ... MORE »


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Tanya Greene is an advocacy and policy counsel with the ACLU Center for Justice... MORE »


Jesselyn McCurdy

Jesselyn McCurdy is a Senior Legislative Counsel with the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, with an expertise in criminal justice legislation, and immigration detention and due process... MORE »


Emma Andersson

Emma Andersson is a staff attorney with the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project. Her practice includes litigation relating to police practices, indigent defense reform, marijuana law reform, and federal and state sentencing... MORE »

IN THE NEWS

Smackdown: ACLU Calls Out Private Prison Giant (Mother Jones, 5/16/12)

ACLU Urges States to Reject CCA Offer to Privatize Prisons (3/1/12)

16 and Solitary: Texas Jails Isolate Children (5/15/12)

Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your Backyard (4/4/12)

Report Provides Road Map for Closure of Los Angeles’ Men Central Jail (4/10/12)

ACLU Report Charges L.A. Sheriff Condoned Pattern of Deputy-on-Inmate Violence (1/18/12)

 

RESOURCES

Infographic: Combatting Mass Incarceration

Video: Just Say No to the War on Drugs

Report: Smart Reform is Possible (Success Stories in Reducing Incarceration Rates)

Report: Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration

Map: Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention Facilities

Fact Sheet: Mass Incarceration Problems