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Fewer People In Prison Could Actually Mean Less Crime (INFOGRAPHIC)

Publication Date: 2014-08-04
Source: The Huffington Post - Crime

Professor Robert Weisberg comments on the effects of prison population reduction on crime rates for NBC Bay Area.

Safer streets don't require a burgeoning prison population, according to a new infographic released by the American Civil Liberties Union.


In fact, as the infographic mentions, one study of 336,000 people in all 50 states found that longer sentences were associated with a 3 percent increase in recidivism. The subjects in the study were matched on various factors including criminal history and history of substance abuse.


Stanford Law professor Robert Weisberg told NBC Bay Area that "there’s no clear evidence that reductions in prison population ... have led to increases in crime."

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