Public Opinion on Sentencing and Corrections Policy in America
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Jun. 28, 2012
ANNOTATION: Thoughts regarding the state of corrections and sentencing in the United States are presented. Topics discussed include: key takeaways; underlying attitudes—there are too many people in prisons, with prisons often being unnecessary for non-violent crime; policy solutions—divert more non-violent offenders from prison, reduce prison time for non-offenders, require supervision in the community for all released offenders, and improve probation and parole supervision. The bottom line is that “Some of the money that we are spending on locking up low-risk, non-violent inmates should be shifted to strengthening community corrections programs like probation and parole” is supported by 84% of the respondents (p. 1).