Tocqueville in Reverse: Looking to Europe in Reassessing U.S. Prisons

, New York Law Journal


In their Sentencing Guidelines column, Alan Vinegrad, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and a partner at Covington & Burling. and Jason Levine, an associate at the firm, write that since the 1980s, the United States has seen a drastic rise in its prison population, with many jurisdictions adopting mandatory minimum sentences, passing "three strikes" and "truth in sentencing" legislation, abolishing parole and promulgating sentencing guidelines.

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