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How Did the U.S. Become the World’s Leading Prison Nation?

August 16, 2015
The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Marc Mauer discusses mass incarceration and prospects for reform on San Francisco public radio station KALW's Your Call.

From 1970 to 2010, the number of people in state and federal prisons went from 200,000 to more than 1.6 million. Roughly one in every 107 American adults is behind bars. How did we become the world’s leading prison nation? Are we at a turning point for prison policy in the United States?

The Sentencing Project’s Executive Director Marc Mauer appeared on San Francisco public radio station KALW’s Your Call to discuss how the United States became the world’s largest jailer and prospects for reform today with host Rose Aguilar and UC Berkeley professor Steven Raphael.

Listen to the hour-long show here.

 
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