US prisons

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Google Plus Share to Google Plus Share by Email

Why now is the time to change the U.S. prison system

Preventing harm illustration

Two people embrace, leaning on each other

Illustration: AFSC/Emily Cohane-Mann

Justice is best served by helping people heal and preventing further harm, says longtime California prisoner rights activist Laura Magnani. She argues that with growing momentum for change, now is the time to overhaul the U.S. prison system.

Mentorship leads incarcerated men to leave violence behind

Mike and Russell

Mike and Russell

Mike Perry (left) mentored Russell Green (right) when they were incarcerated in a Maryland prison. Today, both men work for the program through advocacy, mentorship, and community engagement. See more photos.

In Maryland state prisons, men siphoned out of Baltimore as part of the “war on drugs” have fostered community and leadership development through the Friend of a Friend program. 

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

Get AFSC's newsletter

AFSC Online