Hill Harper Tackles “Hyper-Incarceration” In New Book

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Actor and best-selling author, Hill Harper, has somehow found time between starring as a Columbia-based CIA bureau chief on USA Network’s ‘Covert Affairs’ to write his fifth and possibly final non-fiction book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones.

This latest book, released this week, examines the shocking rate at which the United States is incarcerating it’s population. Harper told ABC News, “Our system of incarceration in this country is more than broken. If we just look at some of the data: we go back about 30 years, we had about 300,000 incarcerated people in this country. Now we have 2.4 million.” Harper went on to blame this startling statistic on a combination of privately run prisons designed to make a profit not rehabilitation and imposing the strictest sentences on non-violent offenders. According to Harper, locking people away for long periods of time for non-violent crimes only increases the likelihood that they’ll be back behind bars.

The 47-year-old Brown University graduate hopes that Letters to an Incarcerated Brother not only serves as a wake-up call for Americans to demand reforms of current system, but as a beacon of hope to those in prison both physically and mentally. “This book is not just for individuals who are in prison — in a physical prison. Many of us are in prisons not made of iron bars that I hope this book will help set free,” said Harper.


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