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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.

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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.

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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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