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May 11, 2012 (The Huffington Post)

"Prison Break Lemonade"

The Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer writes in The Huffington Post, that "Among the many reasons why we have such a high prison population in the United States is the way in which people in prison are portrayed in popular media. His commentary, “Prison Break Lemonade,” looks at a new advertising campaign for lemonade that will feature "a 'prison break' along with portrayals of hardened looking 'convicts.'"

Mauer looks at the impact of such imagery in contributing to harsh criminal justice policy and how the media should instead focus on shedding light on the problems of the criminal justice system from a diverse set of perspectives.

The full article can be viewed here.

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration