Study Calls for 40% Cut in US Prison Population

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Nearly 40 percent of the roughly 1.5 million state and federal prisoners in the U.S. are behind bars "with little public safety rationale," the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University said today.

In an analysis of the national prison population, the center contended that about 576,000 inmates either could do better in settings outside prison walls or have served more time . . .

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