California’s Inmate Firefighters and America’s Weaponization of Criminality

On the left a cell in Riker’s Island (Librado Romero/ The New York Times/ Redux) and on the right one in Halden Prison, Norway (STR/Reuters /Landon)

America’s punitive justice system systemically fails society. Our recidivism rates (when someone is rearrested after being imprisoned) are around 50 percent after eight years, with the majority of those rearrests coming within the first 21 months of release. Half of people arrested for crimes stay criminals for a good deal of their lives. Highlighting the…

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