Michael McBride :: How do we have a higher incarceration rate and a lower crime rate?

  • “The incarceration rate has continued to rise even during the times…when crime has gone up and gone down,” answers Michael McBride, Executive Director of Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action and Lead Pastor of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, CA. The United States incarcerates more people than most other industrialized nations in the world. “The largest catalyst for crime is poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of access to health services,” which all require the resources that we have been allocating elsewhere. “We want to imagine that there is a way to have crime hold and drop down without having to have an explosion of the prison population.”

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