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Malcolm Jenkins' Criminal Justice Season

The Eagles All Pro safety preps for next week's trip to Harrisburg and releases a video calling for ending cash bail

Next week, I’ll be visiting our State Capitol along with other NFL players to talk to lawmakers and policymakers about the state of criminal justice reform, with a special emphasis on lobbying for the Clean Slate Act, which I’ve written about here before.

Twice before, I’ve joined my fellow football players on trips to Washington, D.C. on similar fact-finding missions. The first time, late last year, we met with members of Congress—Democrats and Republicans— and spent some time with staffers of Paul Ryan, who later joined us for a photo op. In March, a group of us spent three days meeting with congressmen on both sides of the aisle, including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.

On both trips, we talked about mass incarceration, the costly war on drugs, unjust mandatory minimums and juvenile life without parole. There was bipartisan consensus for common-sense reform, which led us to ask, “So what’s holding up action?” The answer, sadly, was “politics.”

Next week, I’ll update you on our Harrisburg trip. Meantime, check out the video below we produced, arguing for bail reform, which I wrote about last week:

EndCashBail from The Philadelphia Citizen on Vimeo.

Philadelphia

Eagles

vs

Washington D.C.

Redskins

Homicides per 1,000 residents

0.18

Eagles

Homicides per 1,000 residents

0.24

Violent crime per 1,000 residents

10.3

Eagles

Violent crime per 1,000 residents

12.69

Marijuana decriminalization

yes

Tie

Marijuana decriminalization

yes

Police involved shootings

23

Redskins

Police involved shootings

15

People in jail per 100,000 residents

448

Redskins

People in jail per 100,000 residents

433

% police of color /
% population of color

43.2/55

Redskins

% police of color /
% population of color

68.4/64.5

People incarcerated pre-trial per 100,000 residents

134

Eagles

People incarcerated pre-trial per 100,000 residents

303

# juveniles sentenced to life without parole

307

Redskins

# juveniles sentenced to life without parole

0

Upcoming Games:

 

Jan. 13 4:35 PM Atlanta

For more information on this data, see the Criminal Justice Season Explained page.

Note: Washington, D.C., police involved shootings data from 2015; Philadelphia from 2016.

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