ENDING MASS INCARCERATION
Arkansas has the fastest growing prison population in the country, and right now the number of people who are incarcerated is equal to the population of Maumelle (19,000).
We spend more than half a billion dollars each year on the prison system, which disproportionately affects communities of color, the poor and people with mental illnesses. This hyper incarceration crisis is the result of criminal justice system practices and policies. These policies also create harsher treatment of people of color and the poor in all areas of the system throughout the state.
It is time for additional community activism, executive action and legislation that will correct and prevent these unfair impacts.
A growing coalition of organizations and individuals have joined together under the umbrella 'decARcerate' with a goal of uniting communities to end mass incarceration in Arkansas. We need a reform system, not a punishment system. Stand with us.