Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America

By Jonathan Simon, The New Press, 224 pages, $26.95

, New York Law Journal

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Those who are familiar with America's criminal justice system are cognizant of the statistics swirling around the nation's dependence on prisons and jails as a crime control policy. The United States boasts 2.2 million adults behind bars, housing more inmates than any other country. Currently, one of every 100 adults in the United States is in prison or jail. And incarceration rates have more than quadrupled in the past four decades. Current rates of incarceration reflect an unprecedented use of prison as a tool in combating crime.

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