US Needs to Significantly Reduce Prison Population
Published by National Research Council, April 30, 2014
With less than five percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, the U.S. continues to rank first among nations in both prison and jail population and per capita rates. As the report points out, this unprecedented rate of incarceration is a relatively new phenomenon in U.S. history. America’s prison population exploded largely as a result of the failed drug war policies and mandatory minimum sentences enacted over the last 40 years. The authors conclude that sentencing should be based on principles of proportionality, parsimony, citizenship, and social equity.
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