The Wrong Way to End Mass Incarceration

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The decline in the U.S. prison population has amounted to only five percent in five years primarily because most reforms focus on the wrong causes, Fordham University law Prof. John Pfaff writes in the Wall Street Journal. Reforms have aimed at reducing sanctions for people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes, but fewer than 16 percent of state prisoners are there for drug offenses. Ending mass incarceration means locking up fewer people who commit violent acts and to incarcerate those . . .

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