Incarcerated People Tell What Could Have Kept Them Out of Prison
Date:  10-27-2020

Some answers are surprising, some are heartbreaking, and some answers have been repeated for years
From The Marshall Project:

After the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the American public was jolted into awareness of police brutality—and caught up in heated debates about whether to defund the police and invest instead in services like mental health. But incarcerated people rarely have an opportunity to be part of the national conversation.

So in our second-round political survey inside prisons and jails, The Marshall Project and Slate asked people behind bars what programs might have helped to keep them from committing the crime that led to their incarceration. Nearly 2,400 respondents told us about their struggles with drug addiction, mental health and domestic violence. They shared stories of the difficulties finding well-paying work and stable housing. Others took sole responsibility for their mistakes. Here are some of their answers, edited for length and clarity. Continue reading >>>