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Why the accepted reasons behind the high rate of incarceration in the US are wrong




Inmates at the Mule Creek State Prison interact in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners August 28, 2007 in Ione, California.
Inmates at the Mule Creek State Prison interact in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners August 28, 2007 in Ione, California.
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The prevailing wisdom behind the high incarceration rate in the U.S. go something like this: that the failure of the War on Drugs, harsh sentencing laws and the rise of prison prisons are major factors.

In the new book, “Locked In,” writer John Pfaff points to a number of overlooked and underreported factors that could help us better understand the trend of rising incarceration in the country.

Guest:

John Pfaff, professor of law at Fordham Law School and author of the new book, “Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration – and How to Achieve Real Reform” (Basic Books 2017)