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No Exit - The Expanding Use of Life Sentences in America

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July 2009:

INTRODUCTION
There are more than 2.3 million people incarcerated in prisons or jails throughout the United States. This figure that has been growing steadily since 1972 and represents a 600% increase over this period. The United States has achieved the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of incarceration in the world by enacting three decades of “tough on crime” policies that have made little impact on crime but have had profound consequences for American society.

These policies have been wide-ranging and include such features as an increased emphasis on drug enforcement, determinate sentences, and most significantly,


Added: Jul-24-2009 Occurred On: Jul-23-2009
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Tags: Prison, Prisons, Life, Life Sentence, America, USA, United States
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