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Private prisons help with overcrowding, but at what cost?

The Obama administration last year announced it would phase out privately-run prisons, citing little benefits to public safety and higher rates of assault and violence on the inside. The Trump administration reversed that decision while pointing to potential increases in…

Politics Jun 01

The cost of incarceration. In 2012, a total $265.2 billion was spent on local, state and federal incarceration in the U.S. Data source: Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts Program. Chart by The Conversation
Column: 5 charts show why mandatory minimum sentences don’t work

Earlier this month Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo which requires prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious” offense when seeking sentences. The memo hearkens back to a failed experiment in mass incarceration in the 1980s and 1990s,…

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