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  • 30 Nov 2022
    Jeffrey Bellin

    Diagnosing the Causes of Mass Incarceration to Develop a Cure

    The United States imprisons a shocking proportion of its population, eclipsing the rates of other countries and historical norms. The past three years have produced some modest improvement, but much of that change was driven by a global pandemic. With jails, police departments and courtrooms returning to “normal,” and a growing perception of rising crime, […]

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  • 6 Aug 2019
    Scott H. Decker, David C. Pyrooz

    Who runs the joint? Gangs and social order in prisons

    To most people, life in prison is a mystery. In a new study, we examine many aspects of prison life, with a special focus on the role of gangs. We interviewed 802 inmates in prison in Texas, half of whom were gang members. With 150,000 inmates, Texas is the largest state prison system in the […]

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