Let’s put this into perspective.
Imagine that it’s 20 years in the future and President Simon Cowell has a meeting with that girl who used to be on Teen Mom 2 to discuss the complex details of the national debt.
That’s sort of like what happened on Wednesday when President Donald Trump met with Kim Kardashian who, in case you don’t know, is really famous for being, well, I don’t know. The two discussed prison reform.
It’s a good thing that the president is listening to anyone about prison reform. This is a big problem in our country. A lot of wealthy and connected people are getting away with murder, and I mean that quite literally, while those with less money and influence are rotting away in jail for getting caught with a plant in their pocket.
Perhaps you’re wondering what Kim Kardashian has to do with prison reform. The issue caught her eye last year when she found out about Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother who is currently on her second decade in prison after being convicted of a drug conspiracy charge.
It’s commendable that Kim Kardashian is speaking up about this. And it’s good that the president is listening. Let’s just hope that the conversation leads to actual change instead of just a photo-op. Let’s hope that Wednesday’s conversation leads to more conversations with people who have spent time researching this complex issue.
People like Dr. Anthony Bradley.
Bradley’s book, Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration: Hope from Civil Society comes out in July. According to Amazon’s description, “Bradley explains how reform must be built from the person up, and once these areas are reformed our law enforcement culture will change for the better.”
That’s an important point to remember. Prisons are filled with people, not animals. Sure, there are those who need to be locked away for the rest of their lives. But there are also people in prison who have been locked away for no reason, and people whose punishment was much harsher than the crime they committed and people who have done their time but who need to learn how to get back into society.
Politicians like to talk about being tough on crime. Far too often, tough on crime really means tough on families. In too many instances, parents are given hard time for petty crimes and their children are left to fend for themselves, often following in the same footsteps as their parents. It’s a vicious cycle of generational imprisonment that only benefits the people at the top of the pyramid.
I’m glad that a conversation on prison reform is taking place. But I’m also skeptical about who’s involved in the conversation. Hopefully in the future, the powerful people in D.C. will listen to what men like Anthony Bradley have to say about prison reform.
In the meantime, I’ll settle for the reality stars.
God uses crooked sticks to make straight lines.