About This Issue

countystirActually, we haven’t been living in some abandoned fallout shelter devoid of current thought for the last couple of decades, we know there’s manifold consideration owed to this country’s oddly high incarceration rates – and quite likely a good dollop of criticism is due.

Putting it all on the table, from our society’s handling of mental illness and drug use to education and economic justice, seems not only fair, but useful. Thing is, for this week, we have only enough space for the realities on the ground as they are today – and what that looks like and means at the Benton County Jail.

We hope the work here is definitive as to the current state of the story at our county’s jail, but we do hope a larger conversation can be had, and soon.