The Justice Policy Institute’s new book, Incarceration Generation, features essays from 19 authors on the topic of incarceration in the United States, from personal experiences to analysis of (rather alarming) statistics. Those authors include both Maryland State Police narc turned anti-War on Drugs crusader Neil Franklin and former prisoner Greg Carpenter, who now works to help prisoners transition back into society.

Rates of incarceration in the United States are more than head-scratching; they’re downright tragic. And it certainly would seem, even to someone without access to statistics, that the War on Drugs has failed to deliver on its promise of curbing the drug trade. But when a former member of law enforcement like Franklin speaks authoritatively on not only the efficacy of the drug war, but the ethics as well — Franklin sees “prohibition” as an impediment to safer neighborhoods and a disservice to the “helpless addict” — you wonder how such a policy managed to survive so long.

Carpenter highlights the shortsightedness of incarceration itself. As quoted in Maryland Reporter, he says, “It seemed like society did not expect us to ever return to our communities.”

For more, read the article at Maryland Reporter.