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The economic impact of incarceration pushes families through the revolving doors of the criminal justice system, and fuels a multi-generational cycle of poverty. The AFL-CIO's resolution is an important sign that the biggest players in America's economy are beginning to wake up to the reality that mass incarceration is as much an economic issue as a criminal justice one.What does mass incarceration do to communities?
Incarceration contributes to poverty by creating employment barriers; reducing earnings and decreasing economic security through criminal debt, fees and fines; making access to public benefits difficult or impossible; and disrupting communities where formerly incarcerated people reside. Why mass incarceration impedes poverty reductionWhat does mass incarceration mean?
The term “mass incarceration” refers to the unique way the U.S. has locked up a vast population in federal and state prisons, as well as local jails.Why is there mass incarceration?
Mass incarceration happened because mass incarceration was popular. The crime rate was high in the 1980s and '90s, so there were plenty of criminals to lock up. And people wanted them locked up. The public favored longer, harsher prison terms, more executions, and a punitive rhetoric that would back those things up.