In the public conversation about the mass incarceration crisis in the US, there’s a widely accepted diagnosis for why the country’s prisons and jails are bursting at the seams. The story—propelled by academics, politicians, journalists, Oscar-nominated documentaries, and civic-minded celebrities—goes like this: The US prison population is ballooning because the “War on Drugs” needlessly put…

via America’s mass incarceration crisis can’t be fixed until we realize we’ve been looking at the problem all wrong — Quartz

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