America’s criminal justice system, constructed within a system of slavery and racism, has led to massive over-incarceration, which has devastated individuals, families and neighborhoods. Yet incarceration reduces crime. Experts disagree wildly on how much, but most studies show a significant effect. Above, San Quentin State Prison in California.
America’s criminal justice system, constructed within a system of slavery and racism, has led to massive over-incarceration, which has devastated individuals, families and neighborhoods. Yet incarceration reduces crime. Experts disagree wildly on how much, but most studies show a significant effect. Above, San Quentin State Prison in California. MAX WHITTAKER NYT file photo
America’s criminal justice system, constructed within a system of slavery and racism, has led to massive over-incarceration, which has devastated individuals, families and neighborhoods. Yet incarceration reduces crime. Experts disagree wildly on how much, but most studies show a significant effect. Above, San Quentin State Prison in California. MAX WHITTAKER NYT file photo

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April 19, 2016 11:15 AM