Recidivism is one of the greatest flaws of our criminal justice system—we punish people to the hilt and they get released without the tools to survive outside of our prison system and end up re-offending.
The heart of criminal justice reform is to end these never-ending cycles of prison and poverty.
And the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) is fighting that front line battle “to change lives and create safe, healthy communities by providing a support and advocacy network for and by formerly incarcerated men and women. To accomplish this mission, ARC advocates for fair policies in the juvenile and criminal justice systems and provides a supportive network and reentry services to formerly incarcerated individuals.”
Our guest is J’Mel Carter, who tells how he committed a gang murder in 1996 at the age of 20 and was sentenced to 30 years to life. He spent 20 years in prison before being released, and he has now become a mentor and leader, working with incarcerated youths and hoping to inspire them to leave prison and turn their lives around.
Listen to J’Mel Carter’s remarkable story on Everyday Injustice.
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