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Commentary: Reform system for pretrial incarcerations in Philly

from The Inquirer

President Obama granted clemency to 325 prisoners last month, bringing his total commutations to 673, more than the previous 10 presidents combined. But as the president draws attention to the problem of mass incarceration through his executive actions, focusing on those at the tail-end of long sentences only addresses part of the problem. One of the biggest challenges to reducing mass incarceration in the United States is how we handle the 400,000 people nationwide — more than 4,000 in Philadelphia — who are incarcerated pretrial on any given day. more

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