I was involved in the criminal justice system for almost 10 years. For those 10 years, I probably spent at least one full day a week in Court. It was a parade of human misery and hopelessness in all aspects that was soul numbing to behold. The victims were not going to be made whole and the defendants were not going to receive any rehabilitation that would prevent future offenses. It was a mass churning of humanity for no apparent reason whatsoever except a violation of the law demanded punishment.
They are publicly announcing that they are expecting to expand, not reduce, mass incarceration. No interpretation needed. With about 2.5 million people behind behind bars in an era with near historic low crime rates nationally (and most cities still, contrary to alternative facts), this administration signals the intent to put more people behind bars.