We don’t need to keep criminals in prison to punish them (Vox Media)
By MARK A.R. KLEIMAN, ANGELA HAWKEN, & ROSS HALPERIN | March 18, 2015
America’s prison state is a disaster. One percent of the adult population is behind bars, and corrections is squeezing higher education out of state budgets. We have five times as many people in prison as we ever had before 1980, and five times as many (per capita) as any other advanced democracy.
What’s worse is that it is, in this era, a completely unnecessary disaster. It’s simply not true that to punish someone and control his behavior you need to lock him up and pay for his room and board.