Hi, my name is Erin Brennan and I’m a junior studying criminology. I decided to take this course mostly to complete my math requirements, but I also feel passionate about many issues relating to sustainability. The one issue that I am most interested in is sustainability within the US Justice System. From our corrupt judicial system to the racism that is still heavily persistent in our culture (specifically with law enforcement), our Country is still unsuccessful in finding a balance that will influence social harmony.
The United States claims to be the land of the free, however many Americans fear for their rights and even their lives every day, due to imperfections in our justice system. I believe that every US citizen should have the right to feel safe going about their daily lives. Unjustified mass incarceration is a major issue that our Nation is constantly reviewing, but also neglects.
“It’s a stark fact that the United States has less than five percent of the world’s population, yet we have almost 25 percent of the world’s total prison population. The numbers today are much higher than they were 30, 40 years ago despite the fact that crime is at historic lows.” –Hillary Rodham Clinton
Everday we undermine just how many of these prisoners are incarcerated unethically, and also just how much imprisoning this vast amount of people is negatively affecting our Country in many different ways. Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to work together to find a solution that will bring peace among our people, and ultimately our Justice System.
Below is a link to a short video which sums up mine and many others’ feelings on this matter, and also a chart of the US incarceration rate relative to the crime rate: