For Lesser Crimes, Rethinking Life Behind Bars

Stephanie George, sentenced to life in prison for possession of half a kilo of cocaine, is interviewed in an article written by John Tierney that questions what drug crimes should deserve prison time, as incarercation rates are increasing with no affect on the crime rate. 

“Over the past three decades of stricter drug laws, reduced parole and rigid sentencing rules have lengthened prison terms and more than tripled the percentage of Americans behind bars.” This state spending on corrections and prisoners is cutting into other important state budgets such as higher education. What are state officials doing to decrease crime but also reduce the incarceration rate? Tierney goes into depth about what state officials are working on to correct this problem.

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