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The End of Penal ‘One-Upmanship’

By Derek Cohen & Marc Levin

The National Academies exhaustive report, “The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences,released last month, covers nearly the entire body of scholarship on the causes of the incarceration boom. The causes, as identified by the authors, derive from a charged political arena favoring longer sentences, the trend towards harsher methods of punishment, and the rapid development of increasingly punitive drug laws. Certainly, the last four decades of criminal justice policy reflect this. 

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Farewell

By Erik Roskes

For the past four years or so, I have been a regular contributor to this space.  My goal has been to put forth issues along the interface of the criminal justice and mental health systems, where things can often be quite contentious. My goal has been to provoke thought, not anger; considered debate, not outraged reaction; reasoned discussion, not emotional arguments.

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