An epidemic of opiate addiction and a handful of high-profile crimes have set back efforts by some states to restrain prison populations, the Wall Street Journal reports. In Arkansas, Republican and Democratic lawmakers in 2011 passed a landmark law to reduce harsh drug sentences, as a way to curb costs from overcrowded prisons. The prison population dropped 10 percent in two years. In 2013, a man who had been released from prison and arrested several times while on parole . . .
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