How To Reduce Incarceration: Education, Jobs, Smarter Politicians


“Ten Things You Can Do to Reduce Incarceration” are offered in The Nation by Paul Butler, a law professor, former federal prosecutor and author of “Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice.” Among them: jury ification, paying students to finish high school, admitting previous drug use, hiring a formerly incarcerated person, and voting for politicians who are smart on crime.

Another one is listening to hip-hop. “No other aspect of pop culture has considered as carefully, and as personally, the costs and benefits of the American punishment regime, Butler says. “Members of the hip-hop nation often come from the most dangerous communities and have a vested interest in safety. They help us understand that treating people who have messed up with love and dignity is, for law-abiding citizens, an act of self-interest and community safety.”

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