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Mass Incarceration on Trial

By Scott McLemee The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. It has come down a sliver over the past six years: the all-time peak rate was in 2008, with 754 prisoners per 100,000 population. As of 2013, that figure had fallen to 716, but the U.S. has retained

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Social Failures Trickle Down To Our Prisons

By Jerry Large  Image courtesy socksonanoctopus.com- Reading a series of Seattle Times articles about “the empty promises of prison labor” made me think how hard it is to get something good from a system that is, at its core, all about failure on multiple levels — of individuals, of families, of government. Reporters Michael J.

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School v. Prisons: Education's The Way to Cut the Prison Population

By Deborah Stipek and Kathryn Hanson Victor Hugo’s 19th century remark, “He who opens a college door closes a prison,” still holds true these days. The connection among education and incarceration was made starkly clear at Stanford’s 2014 Cubberley Lecture, exactly where actress Anna Deveare Smith brought to life the difficulties facing disadvantaged youth in American

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