Post Date: March 20, 2014
(On Point) — The big new push to bring down America’s world-leading prison population. It’s got traction.
One category in which the United States leads the world is in its prison population. Highest rate of incarceration in the world? American. Highest absolute prison population – numbers? American. For years now, it’s been too much too handle financially — those millions behind bars. And, many say, morally – particularly as long “war on drugs” mandatory sentences devastated lives and whole communities. Now, there’s a bi-partisan push on to reform sentencing laws and draw down incarceration rates. This hour On Point: the push to bring down America’s world-leading prison population.