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Justice reforms take hold, the inmate population plummets, and Philadelphia closes a notorious jail

from The Washington Post

The American criminal justice system's gradual realization that too many people are in jail needlessly just got a large, visible boost from the city of Philadelphia. The city announced recently that it would close its notorious 91-year-old House of Correction jail because reforms begun two years ago have dropped the city's jail population by 33 percent, without causing any increase in crime or chaos. more


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