There is no road to dramatically reducing our prison population that does not entail reduced sentences, fewer prosecutions, and more parole for people who have done very bad things.
Nate Parker and the Movement for Restorative Justice
Freddie deBoer
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Perhaps that’s true, but this article is tacitly assuming that reducing incarceration rates by eliminating underlying causes of crime is not an option. While ending the drug war seeks to reduce crime by redefining what counts as a crime, that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about things like improving moral education, fighting against cultures of violence, and reducing poverty.

Does the U.S.’s high prison population correspond, to some extent, to high crime rates in the U.S.?

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