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Is there a better option for non-violent criminals than incarceration?


America currently houses 25% of the world's prison population. Around 63% of these prisoners are non-violent offenders (such as for drug possession). Currently, recividism rates after imprisonment are at 67.5% and prison terms for first-time non-violent convicts actually increase their chances of committing future crime. Serious crime has gone down 20% since 1980, but out prison population has grown by 400%. Is there a better alternative?

 

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