Community Safety and Criminal Justice Reform: A Grassroots Perspective

Brigette Sarabi, Western Prison Project

The incarcerated population of the U.S. has grown to unprecedented levels, but are communities safer? Have "tough on crime" sentencing laws increased community safety or exxacerbated community vulnerabilities? Are some communities being sacrificed in order to give a false sense of security to other communities? Across the country, grassroots activits are confronting these issues as they work to develop popular support for reforms to America's criminal justice system. This paper will offer an overview of the key arguments and strrategies of America's grassroots criminal justice reform movement.

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Updated 05/20/2006