A protest at the Harris County Jail on Christmas day.

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On Christmas day, jail should be the last place you want to be, but for many it`s a sad reality.
There`s a group that wants to do something about that. End Mass Incarceration Houston is holding a protest in front of the Harris County Jail, claiming there are many people who shouldn`t be imprisoned, but should be getting help instead.   They are speaking out against jailing juveniles, the mentally ill, and the use of the death penalty.

Michael Allen representing End Mass Incarceration Houston said, “Becasue these are human beings.  These are not numbers to be fed into a system.  The judicial system is a meat grinder.”

To show support for the families of those who are behind bars, the group passes out toys to children visiting their jailed loved ones.
No child wants to be separated from his parent because they are in jail, this small gesture will hopefully ease their pain.

“It’s a lonely feeling when you have to come to the jail to visit someone you love on Christmas day and we want them to understand they’re not alone.” according to Allen.

Our judicial system is far from perfect.  It`ll obviously take more then ‘End Mass Incarceration Houston’ to make a difference, but who knows.

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  • DeanBecker

    This exponential increase in the size of our prison system was not due to crime rates, as is so often believed and is told to us frequently by politicians and media pundits. Rather than crime rates, the explosion of our prison population has been due, largely to the Drug War._A war that has been waged largely in poor communities of color, even though studies have now shown, for decades, that people of color are no more likely to use or sell illegal drugs than whites. People of all races and ethnicities use and sell legal and illegal drugs in the United States._It has been primarily and overwhelmingly poor people of color in the United States who have been stopped, searched, arrested and incarcerated for drug offenses. Once you’re branded a drug felon, you’re relegated to a permanent second-class status. Once labeled a felon, you may be denied the right to vote, automatically excluded from juries, legally discriminated against in employment, housing, access to education and public benefits._So many of the old forms of discrimination that we supposedly left behind during the “Jim Crow” era are suddenly legal again, once you’ve been branded a felon. It’s the Drug War primarily, that is responsible for the return of millions of African Americans to a permanent second-class status, analogous in many ways to “Jim Crow”. – Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow" _

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