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Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and…

Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration

by Michael Jacobson

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This is a specialist's book, best read by politicians, political scientists, public policy wonks, criminologists, or other academics. It is not a fun read for the beach. Nevertheless, it makes, with abundant data to support it, a very strong case for searching for alternatives to imprisonment. A solid argument unfolds that one can build fewer prisons, incarcerate fewer people, and not feat a crime wave. Such a case is not only more humane, it is also fiscally prudent in these hard pressed times of local, state and federal deficits. ( )
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Over two million people are incarcerated in America’s prisons and jails, eight times as many since 1975. Mandatory minimum sentencing, parole agencies intent on sending people back to prison, three-strike laws, for-profit prisons, and other changes in the legal system have contributed to this spectacular rise of the general prison population.

After overseeing the largest city jail system in the country, Michael Jacobson knows first-hand the inner workings of the corrections system. In Downsizing Prisons, he convincingly argues that mass incarceration will not, as many have claimed, reduce crime nor create more public safety. Simply put, throwing away the key is not the answer.

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