Comparing the state of the justice system to America's crumbling transportation infrastructure, Gara LaMarche, of The Atlantic Philanthropies, writes in the latest The Nation, "What is required is an understanding of the pieces and what needs to happen at various levels, with the right leadership, to put them back together."
LaMarche highlights several key areas requiring improvement within "the infrastructure of justice," writing:
We certainly have not neglected building prisons in recent years, as draconian sentencing laws have put a record number of men and many women behind bars. This has been the greatest boom-time in recorded history for the prison-industrial complex. But far more than bricks and mortar, the infrastructure of laws and policies and human capital tell the story of the health of justice in America.