Watching the video “Books Not Bars” really revealed to me the truth about the criminalization of youth, especially youth of color. It shows the relationship between increases in prison spending and decreases in education spending. The activists in the video challenge the audience to explore alternative options to detention for the youth, and also to stop the misperceptions of youth crimes in the US. After watching this video, it really got me thinking about our corrupt system and what is going to happen in the future. Knowing who our president is now, and knowing his policies, its hard to imagine him funding the public school system and decrease prison spending. All I can hope for is youth activists continually trying to gain support in society for other options.