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June 12, 2007

Recapping a major sentencing Monday

The New York Times has these two effective articles covering Monday's two major sentencings developments:

And, lest we forget the sentencing fates of Paris and Scooter in the wake of these new developments, Professor Paul Campos has this effective op-ed placing their stories in a broader sentencing context.  Here is how the op-ed begins:

The absurd media frenzy over the perils of Paris Hilton shouldn't obscure the serious issue this made-for-TV pseudo-event raises.  That issue is the astonishing number of Americans who are in prisons and jails on any particular day.

At present there are about 2.4 million people behind bars at any one time.  We put people in prison at rates that range from about 300 percent to 800 percent higher than other developed nations.  While some of these people clearly ought to be behind bars, we also imprison hundreds of thousands of Americans for nonviolent drug offenses, and other largely victimless crimes, at an immense social and economic cost.

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