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There are too many people in prison, activists say, but incarceration laws won’t change until citizens and legislators learn to put themselves in the shoes of the imprisoned.

“Without empathy, we cannot achieve meaningful policy changes,” said Jerome Dillard, state director of Ex-Prisoners Organizing (EXPO).

To that end, people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system will gather at 1 p.m. in the Capitol Wednesday to take part in a nationwide movement, telling their stories to increase understanding as a way to decrease incarceration.

March 1 has been declared a Day of Empathy by #Cut50, a movement that aims to reduce the incarcerated population in the U.S. by 50 percent over the next 10 years.

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