COMMENTARY: Is the epidemic of ‘prison-mania’ really over?

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At first glance, it looks like America’s incarceration epidemic is winding down. In California, for example, inmates are being released from over-crowded state prisons and non-violent drug offenders are receiving the equivalent of a speeding ticket. Police chiefs in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston and other cities, claiming long sentences do not effectively deter crime, are calling […]