Too Many In Prison? Okay, Then How Many Should Be?

By | July 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

I have never understood the liberal assumption that if there were justice in the world, there would be fewer rather than more people in prison. − Theodore Dalrymple, prison psychiatrist

Does America have a problem of mass incarceration? Do we send too many people to prison? True, we have more inmates per capita than other Western democracies? But if there are too many inmates, how many should there be? What would be the correct number?

That is, is our problem too many inmates, or too many criminals? Which is too high, our incarceration rate, or our violent crime rate? Exactly which murderers, armed robbers, rapists, and child molesters should we release to roam free? We cannot answer these questions if we do not ask them. Listen to this five-minute lecture. It will make you think.

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