Summary of Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration in the United States

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Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration in the United States summary
With a rate of incarceration many times that of its peers, the United States needs to rethink its corrections system.

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The Hamilton Project has gathered dismaying statistics about US crime and punishment, dispassionate numbers that paint a gut-wrenching picture of squandered human and economic potential. Though the topic isn’t new, its growing consequences are a wake-up call for those who think that locking up lawbreakers and throwing away the key makes for a safer, more productive society. getAbstract recommends this effort to quantify an all-too-real social issue.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How US crime trends are shifting
  • Why incarceration rates have risen so much since the 1980s
  • What economic and social costs crime and punishment in America incur
 

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Crime and punishment in America exact a brutal toll on victims, criminals and society at large. Research highlights “10 economic facts about crime and incarceration in the US”: “Crime rates have steadily declined” – More police on patrol and more imprisoned people, along ...
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About the Authors

Melissa S. Kearney is the director of the Hamilton Project, where Benjamin H. Harris is policy director and Elisa Jácome and Lucie Parker are research assistants.


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