More than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs have called for curbing mass incarceration in the United States. New York City Police Chief Bill Bratton and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck were among those to call for ending mandatory minimums and creating alternatives to prison. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the plan involves rethinking definitions of crime.
Superintendent Garry McCarthy: “It’s really clear that we can reduce violence, we can reduce crime, and at the same time reduce incarceration rates. And I really think that what we have to do in this country—and this may be a little bit radical—is to start really thinking about what constitutes a crime?”
Many of the police officials leading the efforts are facing allegations of police brutality and wrongful detention in their departments.