American Jail The modern tragedy of mass incarceration

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One of the most resounding feelings I got while watching American Jail was that this system we have created (and permit to endure) is outrageous.

For those of us who are lucky enough to be outside the grip of the criminal justice system as we work to change it, it’s possible to forget that how outrageous it really is. This program reminded me to hold on to my outrage – and use it to mobilize action.

With that in mind, I am glad that American Jail is the sort of program that makes us outraged, even in a time in which  the news gives us reasons daily to feel overwhelmed.  I am glad, too, that many of those voices of critique and outrage come to the screen from inside America’s jails and prisons. We need to hear more from the people we too often forget about.