This issue examines the US Criminal Justice System, and specifically the experience of prisoners. It attempts to reveal the classist, racist, sexist nature of the US system and its failure to provide equal protection under the law to all persons. From 1975 to 2000, the number of people incarcerated in the US increased from 380,000 to more than 2 million. (1) Yet crime levels during this period remained level. An important determinant was the Reagan Administration’s War on Drugs.