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May 6, 2014

"The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences"

The title of this post is the title of the massive report released last week by the National Research Council (which is the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering).  The report runs more than 450 pages and can be accessed at this link

I was hoping to get a chance to review much of the report before posting about it, but the crush of other activities has gotten in the way.  Fortunately, the always help folks at The Crime Report have these two great postings about the report:

I hope to be able to provide more detailed coverage of this important report in the weeks to come.

May 6, 2014 at 05:45 PM | Permalink


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If you go to the National Academies website, and look at their publications, you could be on the NPR, in the NY Times websites. They are Washington based, left wing extremist organizations, puffing themselves up with titles that include the word Science. If you read a few random pages, they are getting their data from the Vera Institute and other pro-criminal lawyer front organizations.

This is worthless ipse dixit drivel. More pro-criminal propaganda so that lawyer jobs can be generated. You would think they would be slick enough to provide a boxed counterpoint section if they were trying to summarize the state of the field. No allowing of counter-arguments. Once again, not much coverage of victims' substantive interests. No, not trivial attestations of victim impact, but increasing safety of present and future victims.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 6, 2014 6:17:55 PM

Do we need to look very far for the causes or the consequences?


I distinctly remember being criticized on this blog for using the term "bloodlust" before in regards to harsh criminal punishment. Yet once again science comes along and proves me correct. No wonder the thought of reducing sentences drives some commentators bonkers--the fear of aging, the fear of death is a powerful force.

Posted by: Daniel | May 6, 2014 10:51:12 PM


Posted by: anonymous | May 7, 2014 11:25:50 AM

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