Justifying harsh sentencing through the power of a single image

Any discussion of reducing prison populations must deal with the fact that crime rates, and particularly “violent crime” rates, have fallen dramatically during the time when federal and state sentencing practices have been especially harsh. In that vein, and with a big and obvious caution about oversimplification, the┬áraw power of the following image is striking:

Image credit: FBI, Uniform Crime Reports, 201

Image credit: FBI, Uniform Crime Reports, 2012

RGK

PS Thanks to Professor Doug Berman. SeeFBI releases 2012 crime statistics showing stability in relatively low crime rates.

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