We are excessively punitive partially because we elect DAs who want to be, and who think they will be re-elected by being “tough on crime”. Decarceration requires DAs who believe in and prioritize it.
Part I (splitting for Twitter video length limit):
(As you watch, consider that Eddie, Emile, and Simon served a combined 50+ years as juvenile offenders)
That doesn't mean barreling into a system with no context. Implicit in that goal is a commitment to building relationships & credibility with people in local prisons and re-entry programs.