Prisons More Costly Than Helpful

Perhaps this will help put an end to mass incarceration.

From USNews.com (4/28/16):

A new White House report states that mass incarceration is bad for the economy. The report published by the White House Council of Economic Advisers this week argues that the state and federal prison system is costly and ineffective at deterring crime, even though the incarcerated population has grown 4.5 times larger since 1980. 

The report cited nearly 30 studies and concludes that police and education do more to reduce crime than strict sentences.

African-Americans and Latinos are a minority of the country’s overall population but are arrested or imprisoned at a disproportionally higher rate compared with other demographics…

See full article here. 

 

 

Photo credit: William Warby

 

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