I’m sure it will surprise no readers of this blog to know I’m a radicalized John Oliver fan.
From Net Neutrality to the World Cup, I’m thrilled at the breath of fresh air HBO has allowed Oliver to blow our way on the topics of the day. As I watched this piece last night, I was pleased to see that just about every prison reform and private prison-related topic I’ve covered here – he nails. But, of course, the best part of the segment is the musical number. By singing about prison reform with Sesame Street muppets he sends it all over the top, simplifying the issue, making us laugh, educating and surprising us.
It’s a fact that needs to be spoken
America’s prisons are broken
It’s a hard truth about incarceration
prisons are needed for our civilization
But mandatory minimums for heroin and crack
stack the system against Hispanics and Blacks
Our prison population is bigger than Slovenia
‘Cause we put people in jail instead of treating schizophrenia!
Oliver and his writing team are hilarious. For me, they created a valuable tool I can use to snow plow through an otherwise complex issue. Helping to widen people’s understanding of incarceration in America and those behind bars just became a little easier. Thank you John Oliver.