“A New Role for Parole,” Washington Monthly

African Americans suffer from high rates of incarceration and crime. Here’s how to drastically reduce both.

By Mark A. R. Kleiman | January/February 2014

American crime rates, especially violent crime rates, and American incarceration rates are twin national disgraces. We have five times the homicide rate and five times the incarceration rate of other economically advanced countries. Both crime and incarceration are appallingly concentrated among poor African Americans; in the same neighborhoods where homicide is the leading cause of death for young men, more than half of those men will do prison time before they turn thirty.

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