John Pfaff on the correlation between low crime rates and high incarceration rates in America.

How Can We Reduce America’s Prison Populations Without Raising Crime Rates?

How Can We Reduce America’s Prison Populations Without Raising Crime Rates?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 2 2015 7:59 PM

Ending Mass Incarceration Is Not That Easy

Do high incarceration rates lead to lower crime rates? Our two-part series about America’s prison problem.

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Do not pass go.

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Listen to Episode 369 of Slate’s The Gist:

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If you’re 42 or younger, you’ve never lived in a safer America than today. If you were alive in 1960, the country is still twice as violent as it was then. Could that be why older politicians are resisting prison reform? On The Gist, Fordham law professor John Pfaff joins us for an extended interview. This is the first of a short series about America’s prison problem. Join us on Tuesday for a new Spiel.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.