What does criminal justice reform have to do with separation of church and state?
Given the massive racial disparities of incarcerated populations, you’re likely already aware that the carceral reach of the state — and today’s proliferation of for-profit prisons — can be traced back to slavery and racist Jim Crow policies. But the connections between white supremacy, the prison industrial complex, and religion aren’t always as clear. In this series, we’ll explore the common threads that weave these issues together.
Next in this series:
3/3: Jared Keenan, ACLUAZ Legal Director, on the need for criminal justice reform in Arizona
3/10: John Dacey, ED of Abolish Private Prisons, on the harm caused by for-profit prisons
3/17: A mother’s story: An inside look into the need for prison and criminal justice reform in Arizona
3/24: Chris Phillis, co-director for the Southwest Region of the National Juvenile Defender Center: Juvenile Justice in AZ