[Video] Facts about the Current Criminal Justice System

Watch the video here: Upworthy: Commit A Felony In America And You’ll See Just How Much The Country Cares About You

Here are some of the facts that the video highlights (source: http://www.upworthy.com):

  • The U.S. does, in fact, have about 25% of the world’s incarcerated people. We have the highest incarceration rate in the world.
  • While the video says that 41% of juveniles and young adults have been arrested by the time they turn 23, we actually found that it’s between 25% and 41%.
  • Yep, children as young as 13 have been sentenced to die in prison.
  • And solitary confinement? That’s definitely considered torture under international law.

Here are some of the questions that CWIT asks our readers:

  • The video emphasizes that “being tough on crime” is not equivalent to
    being tough on criminals.” How can the government “be tough on crime” while securing the rights of criminals? Is taking away the rights of felons actually helping our country to reduce recidivism? If not, why does our government continue to enforce these policies even after they are sentenced to punishment?

Welcome to CWIT

Center for Women in Transition helps women who have recently been released from jails and prisons to the St. Louis area. Women in the program are given transitional housing, case management, referrals to treatment services, help find jobs, and the provision of basic necessities such as food cards, bus passes, clothing, and toiletries.

We help women through… 

  • Mentoring & Advocacy:

    The Center for Women in Transition facilitates one-on-one mentoring partnerships between female ex-offenders and volunteer mentors for a period of one year. The organization also advocates, when appropriate, for women to be sentenced to our mentoring program and time in supervised transitional housing rather than prison or jail.

  • Restorative Justice:

    The Center works to influence the perception of key stakeholders in Missouri toward instituting restorative justice practices. This may include victim/offender dialogues and victim impact panels, in courts, the Department of Corrections, schools and communities.

  • Transitional Housing:
    The Center operates two apartment-style transitional housing facilities: Courtois House, which houses 12 women, and Schirmer House, which houses up to 33 women. 

For more information, please visit our website. http://www.cwitstl.org 

This blog hopes to keep an active discussion about social justice through communicating with the wider STL about our achievements and thoughts from the office (: