Matt McGorry: OITNB Taught Me about Criminal Justice Reform

Matt McGorry (C.O. John Bennett) has become known on social media for his Feminism, but now he is using that popularity for a different political end: criminal justice reform.

McGorry wrote an open letter to Congress on The Guardian last month that stressed the importance of reforming the criminal justice system so that families of color do not continue to be discriminated against through racial profiling, more frequent stop and searches by law enforcers, and incarceration for minor drug offenses.

McGorry reports that Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and Shaka Sengor’s Writing My Wrongs opened his eyes to mass incarceration in the United States: although the United States makes up 5% of the world’s population, they comprise 25% of the world’s prison population. As Michelle Alexander points out in her book, something is clearly going on.

Click here to read Matt McGorry’s full open letter to Congress.

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