The Prison Population Is Too Damn High

Take a moment to read this heartbreaking piece from Northwestern associate law professor Sheila A. Bedi in TPM Cafe today:

The little girl could not have been more than 5 years old. She was wearing a purple polka-dot dress and her hair was pulled tight into ponytails tied with purple ribbons. On her feet were sparkly shoes. Someone had taken great care to dress her and on this grey fall morning in October 2013 she was all sunshine and light.

She skipped towards the large, fortress-like building. She turned towards me and gave me a joyful smile, and said ā€œIā€™m going to see my daddy today.ā€

And then together we walked through the doors of the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois.