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Analysis Of Prisonomics: Lessons From America's Mass Incarceration

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The issue is that we incarcerate too many people. “The US incarcerates people at the highest rate, too: 707 out of every 100,000 residents (International Centre for Prison Studies 2014a)”. Now let’s compare that to other countries, “The average incarceration rate across Europe is a comparatively paltry 140 out of 100,000 residents, with the rate of incarceration in 19 countries (including Austria, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, and Germany) in only the double digits… According to official reports, there are 530,000 more people in American prisons than in Chinese ones, despite the fact that China has roughly a billion more residents” (Skarbek, David. 2014, Prisonomics: Lessons from America's Mass Incarceration. Economic Affairs, 34:
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