Living at a time where the news headlines tend to be filled with disheartening news and negative energy almost all of the time, it is hard to stand by idly. As a criminal justice major, I take particular interest in our countries overwhelming desire to lock up its citizens. More importantly is the fact that this is happening at a disproportional rate- we are seeing black and brown people being locked up at rates of 5 times more than that of white people. This to me, and hopefully everyone, is absolutely repulsive and it is undeniable that something needs to be done to change this poisonous narrative. We should be lifting up all of our fellow citizens because a society where all can thrive is stronger than one where we tear each other down. Having such an astronomical skewed prison rate leads to many other disadvantages for those who find themselves in the brown and black communities. As if prison time isn't bad enough, there are everlasting effects of incarceration that are meant to set black and brown people behind in our society. I want to become a lawyer to hopefully change the tides on the way that we are headed. I want to be able to advocate for those who are in need of a voice and change the story that is being written to one that reflects decency and humanity.