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“The prison functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers. This is the ideological work that the prison performs—it relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.”

- Dr. Angela y. davis

Though the United States makes up only 4.4 percent of the world's population, it jails 22 percent of the world's prisoners. Black and Latino people are massively overrepresented in prisons.


To end the over-incarceration and many other injustices present in the prison system or carceral state, Next Generation supports:

  • Rehabilitation instead of incarceration: treating substance abuse and other issues as health problems, not criminal actions

  • An end to cash bail, which unfairly targets poor individuals not yet found guilty of committing a crime. Any person arrested, who is not a threat of flight risk, should be released until their trial date in order to maintain jobs and stay with their families for support

  • An end to the death penalty: state-sanctioned murder, which not only has at least a 4% error rate but is also inhumane

  • Ban private prisons which inherently capitalize from the incarceration of primarily black and brown bodies

  • An end to the racist "war on drugs" 

  • Unequivocal support for #BlackLivesMatter


Young people should be able to easily access jobs and education, not be pushed towards prison. Unfortunately, police forces disproportionately arrest and brutalize racial minorities, particularly young, black men. To stop police brutality Next Generation suggests:


  • Holding officers responsible for wrongful deaths and abuse of power

  • Community policing, so police forces are a part of the community they work in

  • Retraining first responders as to ensure the defusion of situations without bullets

  • Reestablishing police forces, not as an aggressive force of the carceral state, rather one that healthily addresses real community safety issues



it is no secret that america's justice system is deeply broken