Columnist Mark Morris writes: The U.S. has a high incarceration rate in part because of our practice of sending nonviolent first-time offenders to prison. Such was the case with Jon, who just finished a sentence of five years and 10 months in federal prison. His crime? Building and distributing electronic boxes knowing that other people would use them to steal premium cable TV.
Columnist Mark Morris writes: The U.S. has a high incarceration rate in part because of our practice of sending nonviolent first-time offenders to prison. Such was the case with Jon, who just finished a sentence of five years and 10 months in federal prison. His crime? Building and distributing electronic boxes knowing that other people would use them to steal premium cable TV. File photo
Columnist Mark Morris writes: The U.S. has a high incarceration rate in part because of our practice of sending nonviolent first-time offenders to prison. Such was the case with Jon, who just finished a sentence of five years and 10 months in federal prison. His crime? Building and distributing electronic boxes knowing that other people would use them to steal premium cable TV. File photo

Mark Morris: Did nonviolent first-time offender need five years in prison?

January 04, 2015 10:19 PM

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