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February 22, 2013 (NPR's On Point)

The Cost Of Prison

Tom Ashbrook, host of  NPR’s On Point notes that states are “fed up with high prison costs and mandatory sentencing” which has made the U.S. number one in the world when it comes to the number of people in prison. 

Ashbrook discusses how to slim down American prisons population—larger than fifteen American states-- with experts, including Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project.

Listen here.

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Felony Disenfranchisement, Collateral Consequences