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Friday, November 15, 2013

"Reducing crime by reducing incarceration"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law & Policy excerpts this op-ed by David Cole and Marc Mauer from The Washington Times. In part:

If we are to tackle the incarceration rate effectively, we need to focus not only on those who receive the shortest sentences, but also on those who receive the longest sentences — lifers. Even as incarceration rates have begun to fall, life sentences have increased. One in nine prisoners in the United States is now serving a life sentence, including 10,000 serving life for a nonviolent offense (often the “third strike” under a three-strikes law). Nearly a third of the life sentences are imposed with no possibility of parole.

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