Prisons are terrible, and there’s finally a way to get rid of them


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Prisons are terrible, and there’s finally a way to get rid of them

by Dylan Matthews on June 27, 2014 http://www.vox.com/2014/6/27/5845484/prisons-are-terrible-and-there-is-finally-a-way-to-get-rid-of-them

Prison is horrible. It’s grossly inhumane. It’s a huge waste of money. And there may finally be a way to (mostly) get rid of it.

In any given year, 3.2 percent of those in jail, 4.0 percent of state and federal prisoners, and 9.5 percent of juvenile detainees report having been sexually abused. A 2005 study found that the rate of physical assault was over 18 times higher for male inmates and 27 times higher for females relative to the general population.

The system that sends people to these inhumane pens where they’re likely to get beaten and raped is baldly racist. For the same crimes, black men are typically sentenced to 20 percent longer prison stays than white men.

Researchers have tested…

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