Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative, and Steven Colbert

On December 4th, Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and professor at New York University School of Law, appeared with Steven Colbert on Comedy Central's Colbert Report to talk about the challenges of mass incarceration.  (The Equal Justice Initiative is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.) Mr. Stevenson begins the interview citing some statistics that illustrate how mass incarceration affects our society: "The Bureau of Justice reported that at the start of this century that one in fifteen people can expect to go to jail or prison, but one in three black males can expect to go to jail and prison." Statistics such as these should convince the American people, no matter what their political affiliations, that our country needs prison reform.The short interview is worth a listen.

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