Reforming the Justice System’s ‘Front End’

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Criminal justice reformers have been focusing on the criminal justice system's "back end": how to get more inmates out of the bloated U.S. prison complex.

Led by prosecutors, speakers at an alternative sentencing "summit" meeting yesterday in Washington, D.C. urged more attention on the system's front end. They advocated wider adoption of programs already underway in several places to divert defendants out of the system to treatment and other forms of probation so that they can . . .

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