Jail Break

How to make America's failing prisons work

Mark Kleiman, the lead of the Crime and Justice Program at NYU Marron's Institute of Urban Management, is quoted by the Economist in an article that discusses alternatives to the current prison system for minor offenders including, "drug treatment, community service and other penalties that do not mean severing ties with work". 

Tagging can also be used as an alternative to locking up convicts—a “prison without walls”, to quote Mark Kleiman of New York University, who estimates that as many as half of America’s prisoners could usefully be released and tagged. A study in Argentina finds that low-risk prisoners who are tagged instead of being incarcerated are less likely to reoffend, probably because they remain among normal folk instead of sitting idly in a cage with sociopaths.

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