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ICYMI: Second Chances Are Better Than Long Sentences

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ICYMI: Second Chances Are Better Than Long Sentences

05.13.20 08:41 AM

Americans for Prosperity Board Member Mark Holden | Morning Consult The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which is largely dormant due to a lack of a quorum,*published*a study late last month on recidivism that is a blast from*the*past and straight from the failed “Tough on Crime” era playbook of the 1980s. Its key finding was that “incarceration lengths of more than 120 months had a deterrent effect” on recidivism. Ignoring all of the sensible and impactful justice reforms of the past several years, while dismissing the steep price, both fiscally and to families due to long sentences, the Sentencing Commission’s study stands in stark contrast to studies by the National Academy of Science, Pew, the U.S. Department of Justice and Rand Corp., as well as neuroscience studies and re-entry programs to name just a few. … The Sentencing Commission’s findings are simplistic and should be considered an outlier. The commission doesn’t appear to have analyzed the costs and benefits of alternatives to incarceration that could produce the same or better results at a much lower cost to taxpayers and communities. Indeed, the deterrent impact seems to be only for the individual who is incarcerated. Communities across the country continue to become safer […]

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