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Eric Waldenberg

Eric Waldenberg
Port Ludlow, WA United States
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I have committed myself through education, volunteering, networking, and my choice in a career to do whatever I can to reform the criminal justice system.  1 in 100 Americans is in prison or jail.  1 in 25 Americans has a criminal history.  For the last 2 decades our society has allowed an extraordinary amount of human beings to a system that has been called the "school to prison pipeline".  The producers of Sesame Street felt compelled to introduce a new Muppet character named Alex to address the subject. Alex's father is in prison as is the parent of 1 out of every 14 schoolchildren in the U.S.  This is a moral and economic tragedy.  We finally have begun to hear politicians, legislatures, law enformcement, and the Department of prisons declare this system as unsustainable.  You may believe this nothing to do with you.  But as recent videos and reporting has shown, it can begin with a traffic ticket that a person cannot pay, which causes loss of their drivers license, and then an arrest warrant, jail, and loss of job and housing.  The cycle has begun.  It has happened to people you would not imagine.  When I was in prison I saw so many people with mental health issues and substance abuse issues who grew up with no opportunities we take for granted.  They spend their lives locked away from the society we call the land of the free.  This is soon to be a farce.  Rutgers University just completed a report that said "if this trend continues 1 out of every 3 Black males born today will end up in prison in their lifetime.  Me?  I am just here to do what I can to stop this injustice. I need your help.



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