Given time we repeatedly find that Green Values are Majoritarian Values, that Green Policies are embraced by a majority of this nation.
By now we are used to the most rigorous of research from our movement being ignored by policy makers. Community organizations calling out our nation's penal policies as genocidal are routinely ignored. Legal scholars with a history of employment with the ACLU who label US criminal justice policies as a "New Jim Crow" are ignored. Let us hope that the same conclusions reached by a US Department of Justice funded study by the National Academy of Sciences will not meet a similar fate. Let us hope that when the editorial board of the nation's 'newspaper of record' writes: "The American experiment in mass incarceration has been a moral, legal, social, and economic disaster. It cannot end soon enough;" that policy makers will at long last sit up and take notice.
For more than a decade, researchers across multiple disciplines have been issuing reports on the widespread societal and economic damage caused by America’s now-40-year experiment in locking up vast numbers of its citizens. If there is any remaining disagreement about the destructiveness of this experiment, it mirrors the so-called debate over climate change.
In both cases, overwhelming evidence shows a crisis that threatens society as a whole. In both cases, those who study the problem have called for immediate correction.