May 23 2016

Justice Not Jails – Downsizing California’s Prisons Not Dangerous, Studies Show

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…‘‘An astounding 17 percent reduction in the size of the California prison population,’’ Sundt’s study concluded, ‘‘had no effect on aggregate rates of violent or property crime.’’ The study said that California’s initial, full-throated embrace of incarceration as a means to fight crime, such as the notorious ‘‘Three Strikes’’ law, ‘‘may affect crime, but it does so at a high social, human, and economic cost and is far less cost-effective than alternatives. Moreover, there is now evidence that prison populations can be safely reduced without harming the public.’’

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