The United States has the shameful distinction of being the world’s leading jailer, keeping more people behind bars than any other nation on earth. Our Campaign for Smart Justice aims to cut the U.S. jail and prison population in half and ensure that people are not treated differently based on the color of their skin or the size of their bank account.
In North Carolina and across the country, this epidemic of mass incarceration has exacted a devastating toll: ruining lives, dividing families, targeting people of color, wasting taxpayer dollars, all while doing nothing to make our communities safer.
To combat these injustices, the ACLU of North Carolina is joining ACLU affiliates across the country in an unprecedented, nationwide effort to overhaul our broken criminal justice system and implement a new vision for justice in America.
In North Carolina, our goal is to end the unjust for-profit cash bail system that strips people of their rights, targets poor people and people of color, and hurts families and communities.
We are building a coalition of partners and communities across the state so that together we can organize, make our voices heard, and push for change.