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Tuesday
May242011

Prison Overcrowding, Recidivism & Crime

I was one of many, many experts contributing to briefs to the Supreme Court on this case.  In a 5-4 decision, the Court upheld a decision to require California to reduce the number of prisoners to a number that the state itself deemed safe for inmates.  Part of the Supreme Court's calculus involved weighing potential risks and benefits to public safety involved.  The majority cited expert testimony (based on numerous studies) that lowering prison populations may, on net, enhance public safety.   

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