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The tragic success of incarceration

3:42 PM, Jul. 3, 2013
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At a time of earnest debate on the size and role of government, relatively little attention has been paid to the Hoover Dam of American social engineering: mass incarceration.

As crime rates increased in the 1960s and '70s, the prototypical liberal response - the amelioration of the social conditions thought to generate crime - seemed ineffective and wooly-headed. "Law and order" campaigns became the norm in both parties, accompanied by policies, including mandatory minimum sentences, aimed at incapacitating the criminal class. The number of people behind bars in America rose from ...

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