Several ways to vigorously reform our criminal justice system

The U.S.’s criminal justice system — like so many other aspects of American society — is profoundly dysfunctional, cruel, and wasteful.

Thoughtful people have been urging humane reforms for many years.  More and more people are advocating positive changes.  Here are some reforms we really need now.  Grassroots organizing can help to accomplish them.


In order to change the system, we need to change how we talk about it.  Some commonly used words and expressions keep us trapped in the unjust status quo.  Here are five ways to improve our effectiveness when we talk about criminal punishment and mass incarceration:


Here is a bold plan for meaningful, positive changes:


The American Friends Service Committee (a Quaker-based non-profit org that works for peace and social justice — says that a new federal law falls far, far short of what’s needed for reforming sentencing and prisons.  See AFSC’s article here:


Philadelphia’s police and prosecutors have accumulated a horrible record over the years.  Recently Philadelphia’s voters elected a very progressive new prosecuting attorney who is vigorously reforming the city’s criminal justice system from the inside:

And see this article on the same topic, Philadelphia’s progressive new prosecutor:

And here is another article about his vigorous reform efforts:


The ACLU of Washington has started a Justice First! project.  Here is information about how to connect:


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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093