There is nothing inevitable about America’s over-use of prisons
The Economist
October 20, 2018

“There is ample evidence that America’s states can lock fewer people up and still preserve public safety. Four decades of panic, starting with the declaration of a war on drugs in the 1970s, is to blame for the incarceration of American citizens. And this 40-year prison binge has done nothing to guard Americans against crime”

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