We’re Paying Attention

We’re Paying Attention

The New York Times’ editorial this past Sunday (End Mass Incarceration Now) demonstrates the focus and attention that is finally being given to the problems of incarceration in the US.

What is supposed to be the most democratic country in the world does not treat its citizens fairly.  Incarceration not only has become a human rights issue; it is a civil rights issue as well–close to 70% of those incarcerated are persons of color. More


When I first started to write Tales of a Jailhouse Librarian in 2012, words like solitary confinement for youth, the school-to-jail pipeline, alternatives to incarceration were inside jargon.  Now, just about two years later, I see those same words used on front page articles in The New York Times.
In what seems to me an extraordinarily short amount of time, focus in attitude and programs for incarceration has shifted and changes are beginning to happen in sentencing and in treatment of the incarcerated.  But what seems short to me isn’t short for someone who is sitting in prison waiting for these things to occur.  More