The Slow Drip of Decarceration: Reversing the Flood of Mass Incarceration and Its Racist Impact

University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, Volume 23, Issue 2 (2024)

70 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2024

Date Written: March 1, 2024

Abstract

For the last four decades, the flood of African Americans pouring into our jails and prisons can be likened to a watershed where someone turned on a faucet full force and opened the floodgates to all the prison doors. Despite the multitudinous efforts to secure the release of people unwittingly swept up in this flood, most spending decades behind bars, their releases have been mediocre and only a few have slowly dripped towards freedom. Racism seeps into every facet of American life and nowhere is it more prevalent than in our criminal legal system and the crisis of mass incarceration. Mass incarceration and egregiously long sentences cause irreparable harm, and racial disparities exist in every stage of the criminal legal process, from policing, pretrial, prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration, through the extensive supervision period and collateral consequences that follow.

Suggested Citation

Moyd, Olinda, The Slow Drip of Decarceration: Reversing the Flood of Mass Incarceration and Its Racist Impact (March 1, 2024). University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, Volume 23, Issue 2 (2024), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4771899

Olinda Moyd (Contact Author)

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