Revenue Over Public Safety in the USA

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Financial incentives throughout the criminal justice system encourage punitive enforcement and sustain mass incarceration. Realigning them will require action from municipalities to the federal government.

Bipar­tisan efforts to change the crim­inal justice system have gained momentum around the coun­try in recent years. Nearly all 50 states, many counties, and the federal govern­ment have sought to reduce impris­on­ment and mitig­ate its harms. A remark­able wave of legis­la­tion has shortened custodial sentences and widened eligib­il­ity for sentences served in the community. States and local­it­ies have also inves­ted in rehab­il­it­a­tion and reentry services.

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