U.S. violent crime rates are lower than they have been for four decades, and prisons' impact as a crime deterrent "is minimal at best," the Vera Institute of Justice says in two new briefing papers aimed at countering the "political rhetoric and unfounded assumptions" it says too often influence criminal justice policy.
Summarizing crime trends, Vera says that "some media reports and public commentary" wrongly conclude that "violent crime . . .
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