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Monday, September 11, 2017

"Highlighting through St. Louis the enduring challenges of battling city crime with federal emphasis"

Doug Berman has this post at Sentencing Law & Policy, excerpting "this terrific lengthy new piece in Politico Magazine." From the excerpt:

But Sessions is dramatically overselling the effectiveness of his prosecution-heavy prescription, those who study gun violence say.  Researchers, in fact, long ago concluded that the long prison sentences and elevated incarceration rates that result from increasing federal prosecutions have scant influence on violent crime rates.  And St. Louis is a signal example of why Sessions’ strategy does not work as he promises.

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