Prison Abolitionists and Paris Hilton

Why, asks Jeremy Bearer-Friend at WireTap, didn’t progressives do more with the Paris-goes-to jail story? The travesty wasn’t only that a celebrity white woman was treated differently by the California police and courts than poor people of color. Rather, no one’s substance abuse problem should be answered with incarceration. It’s a strategy that just doesn’t work. And the anti-Paris frenzy was another example of our society’s knee-jerk zeal for putting more and more people in jail.

-cross-posted at TAPPED

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