America’s prison system is just the smoke, to accomplish meaningful criminal-justice reform our underlying generational conflagrations of racial, educational, financial, and social inequalities must be addressed alongside any lasting and meaningful change. Simply calling for laws to be slightly altered or pointing fingers at demographic imbalances are red herrings – fixing a system this broken first requires examining its very foundations and realizing that it’s built on an understanding of the human condition that’s over 200 years old.
It’s past time for a change.
The link between injustice and inequality can be traced back nearly 2,500 years to the birth of Democracy itself, when the Athenians observed the inextricable link between the two. So long as American society is riven by underfunded and mismanaged schools, multigenerational wealth gaps promulgated by unregulated Big Business, and a divisive sense of tribalism that refuses to acknowledge that different means neither better nor worse – our prisons will continue to be populated primarily by the unfortunate and the unlucky. Not necessarily the truly dangerous nor those who refuse to believe they need to change.
Over the past 200 years modern science has illuminated an immense amount about the human condition, from the broad sociology of behavioral economics to neuroscience’s nearly imperceptible synaptic disturbances. This site will explore what those discoveries mean for the implementation of punishment and justice, both from an academic perspective and from my own perspective after 1,300 days of incarceration.
Thanks for reading, and if you’re interested in more you can find my Substack just below which expands on what you’ll find here!