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19316. Decarceration: Reducing the NationíS Prison Population. New, Winter/Spring 2017Arguing that the United States can and must reduce the size of its prison population, this paper explores the research on strategies for achieving that objective. Following background information on the problem of mass incarceration, including a discussion of the growth in the prison population and some of the negative consequences of the large prison population, the increasing support for shrinking prisons is discussed. The paper considers some of the reasons behind the rapid growth in the prison population and considers the relationship between crime reduction and imprisonment. Based on this analysis, recommendations are made on strategies for shrinking Americaís prison population including those related to legal/sentencing reform, increased use of alternatives to incarceration, expanded use of drug courts and street-level diversion, prison reform and rehabilitation, expanded post-release services, changing laws and removing barriers to employment for parolees and former prisoners, and the expansion of crime prevention programs targeted at the ďat-riskĒ community. MLA Style. 13 pages, 27 footnotes, 13 bibliographic sources.

TAGS: prison reform, incarceration rates, decarceration, over-population, crime reduction, sentencing reform, diversion programs, parolees, prisoners

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