In an effort to scale back mass incarceration and the war on drugs, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar outlined a plan to set up a new system of clemency that would release thousands of people in federal prison with excessively long sentences, reports Vox.
Research suggests long prison sentences produce diminishing returns for public safety and burden communities by diverting resources for preventative programs.
The core point…is what’s known as the age crime curve. It shows that people tend to age out of crime. In their mid-to-late teens and early 20s, people are much, much likelier to commit a crime than they are in their 30s and especially 40s and on.
In The Meaning of Life by Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis of The Sentencing Project, the age-crime curve for robbery in 2014 is highlighted and shows a person’s inclination to commit a crime is highest around 20 years old and decreases as the person ages.
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