Prison Time Media Project goes NPR

Over the next year, the Prison Time Media Project will be partnering with other journalists around the country to tell the story of America’s 4o-year experiment in tough-on-crime policy – an approach to criminal justice sparked in large part by the Rockefeller drug laws.

This morning, the series debuted nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.  We’ll have a follow-on report this afternoon on All Things Considered.

The goal is to spark a new, fact-driven conversation about how policies like mandatory minimum sentencing laws and mass incarceration for things like non-violent drug crime have affected individuals, families, communities and the country.

We’ll also be looking at specifics of how these policies have been implemented, from the growing use of solitary confinement even for non-violent criminals to the expansion of the country’s private prison industry.

And we’ll probe whether these policies have made communities safer, reducing drug abuse and cutting crime.

It’s the Prison Time Media Project, a year-long investigation into the legacy of the 40-year-old Rockefeller drug laws.

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