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December 10, 2007



The problem is that this could interfere with the effectiveness of Incarcerex:

Nathan Smith

It does seem that the rise in incarceration has reduced the crime rate over the past couple of decades. Whether that justifies it or not is hard to say.


How can the incarceration rate go up while the crime rate goes down? You can't (typically) get incarcerated unless a crime has been committed. Does that imply that there are just a few select people committing all of the crimes, ie repeat offenders? That's plausible, and I don't really have a problem with punishing repeat offenders harder than first-time offenders, but in general, I would say our sentencing has in many cases (mostly related to drug offenses) been overly strict.

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