The American Way of Punishment

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The U.S. has been imprisoning offenders at a rate far higher than traditional measures have shown, according to a new analytical tool developed by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP),

The new tool -- called the "punishment rate"---reveals that states overall have become 165 percent "more punitive" between 1983 and 2013--even though crime rates have declined sharply . . .

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