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May 23, 2011

Effective review of recent past, notable present and potential future of sentencing reform

The latest issue of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice magazine (for which I serve on the editorial board) includes a new piece by The Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer titled "Sentencing Reform: Amid Mass Incarcerations, Guarded Optimism."  The piece, which available at this link, reviews recent legal and policy developments at both the state and federal level and also urges assesses and makes recommendation for public policy advocacy in this arena.  Here is one of many notable paragraphs from the piece:

Perhaps nowhere in the realm of social policy is there such a broad consensus among scholars and practitioners than in the area of public safety as to what should be done to promote better outcomes yet where there has been less implementation. Despite a widespread critique of mass incarceration and virtually no credible defense of its policies, reforms have been exceedingly modest and slow in coming, given the scale of the problem. Thus, while we still have much to learn about prevention, treatment, and reentry, the key dilemma we face is not so much one of figuring out “what works,” but rather how to transform the political environment to one that is more receptive to reform.

May 23, 2011 at 09:36 AM | Permalink


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"...and virtually no credible defense of its policies,..."

How about an across the board 40% drop in the crime rate as measured by the most reliable method, victim surveying? That above statement is so biased as to be deservedly called a lie.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 23, 2011 10:17:01 AM

A reliable link to support your conclusions above would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

Posted by: james | May 23, 2011 5:55:36 PM

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