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Saturday, November 14, 2009

"America's Prison Spree Has Brutal Impact"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy excerpts this interesting commentary by Stuart Taylor, Jr., in the National Journal. In part:

The November 9 Supreme Court arguments on whether it is cruel and unusual to impose life in prison without parole on violent juveniles who have not killed anybody understandably got prominent media coverage.

But a far more important imprisonment story gets less attention because it's a running sore that rarely generates dramatic "news." That is our criminal-justice system's incarceration of a staggering 2.3 million people, about half of them for nonviolent crimes, including most of the 500,000 locked up for drug offenses.

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