WCRJ Helps Release A National Report Entitled "Who Pays? The True Cost Of Incarceration On Families"
On Tuesday, September 15, WCRJ leaders and allies held a press conference to unveil the findings of our Who Pays report, which highlights the hidden economic costs and emotional toll of incarceration on individuals, families and communities across the country. Spearheaded by our partners at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together, and Research Action Design, this grassroots-led research project was a labor of love for the leaders and staff at WCRJ, as well as the 20 other community-based organizations across the country that participated. One of the main reasons why we joined this project was because as an organization made up mostly of formerly incarcerated Black workers and their families, we grew tired of hearing the topic of mass incarceration being debated in the public discourse by people that had no direct experience with the system.
Having a press conference and releasing the report was just the beginning. Yesterday I had the privilege of being part of an amazing team that traveled to Washington D.C. to brief Members of Congress about the findings of our report. We shared stories of how incarceration has impacted us and our families, and put forth real policy solutions to help shrink our prison system, reduce the economic and emotional burden on families, and reinvest money back into our communities.
Please download a copy of the report today and learn more about the hard choices families have to make to support their loved ones inside.