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3/18 Virtual Assignment: Mass Incarceration

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  • 18 days ago

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    Section I: Introduction Videos Information-grey

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    Video 1: Mass Incarceration in the US

    Video 1: Mass Incarceration, Visualized

     

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  • 18 days ago

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    Section II: The Statistics Information-grey

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    Section II: The Statistics

    • The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation in the world.
    • The jail and prison population has gone from less than 200,000 in 1972 to 2.2 million today.
    • Incarceration in the United Stateshas increased by more than 500% in the last 40 years.
    • The United States makes up about 5% of the...

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  • 18 days ago

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    Section III: The Costs

    • Prison overcrowding
    • Strain on state budgets
    • In 2012 alone, the United States spent nearly $81 billion on corrections.
    • Spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of spending on Pre‐K‐12 public education in the last thirty years.
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  • 18 days ago

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    Section IV: The Causes Information-grey

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    Section IV: The Causes

    Changes in law and policy, not changes in crime rates, explain most of this increase.

    1. We started sending more people to prison.

    A series of law enforcement and sentencing policy changes of the “tough on crime” era resulted in dramatic growth in incarceration. Since the official beginning of the War on Drugs in the 1980s, the number of people incarcerated for drug offenses in the...

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  • 18 days ago

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    Section V: Reforms

    After nearly 40 years of continued growth, the U.S. prison population has stabilized in recent years. This is partially a result of declining crime rates, but has largely been achieved through practical changes in policy and practice. Examples include:

    • In 2014, the United States Sentencing Commission unanimously voted to reduce excessive sentences for up to 46,000 people currently serving time for federal drug offenses. ...

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