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Prison population can shrink when police crowd streets

from The New York Times

Now that the United States has the world's highest reported rate of incarceration, many criminologists are contemplating another strategy. What if America reverted to the penal policies of the 1980s? What if the prison population drastically shrank? What if money now spent guarding cellblocks instead was used for policing the streets? In short, what would happen if the rest of the country followed New York City's example? As the American prison population has doubled in the past two decades, the city has been a remarkable exception to the trend: The number of its residents in prison has shrunk. more


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