Jails aren’t the problem

September 5th, 2014 by Howard Zehr

As is the case in many communities, our jail is full. (“Overcrowded” is the usual term, but how can something be “over” crowded? It’s crowded, or it’s not). Although a study is being conducted, the company doing the study is an architectural firm, so it seems inevitable that a new jail will be recommended.

In this interview by local journalist Andrew Jenner, I argue that building a new jail will not solve the problem. The issue lies earlier in the system.