February 8 2016

San Diego Union-Tribune – Common sense breaks out on prison reform

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…We are glad to see common sense breaking out. But if anything, Brown, Grassley and Durbin aren’t going far enough. Any attempt to correct what Grassley calls “overincarceration” should build off criminologists’ most crucial finding: Crime is largely a young man’s game. “The view that involvement in crime diminishes with age is one of the oldest and most widely accepted in criminology,” wrote Darrell Steffensmeier and Jeffrey Ulmer of Pennsylvania State University. Individual propensity toward criminal activity — especially the most violent crimes — peaks at about age 20…

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