To end mass incarceration, focus on crime reduction.

Source: Niskanen Center
by Greg Newburn

“For more than a decade, I have worked to reduce the severity of criminal punishment in the U.S. I have worked with allies across the political spectrum to cut lengthy prison sentences because they impose enormous costs on communities and families and have minimal impact on crime. However, during my years in the criminal justice reform movement, I have come to believe that merely ratcheting back punishment severity — without simultaneously increasing the probability of punishment for people who commit crimes — is both bad policy and bad politics. The results from this month’s District Attorney recall election in San Francisco demonstrate that attacking mass incarceration without a credible strategy for controlling crime and disorder is a recipe for political backlash. It’s time for a new approach.” (06/22/22)