Policymakers Across America Debate Prison Reform Amid Growing Concerns Over Mass Incarceration

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 12:51pm
Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 11:18am

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Mass incarceration in the U.S. is an increasingly growing concern among policymakers on both sides of the aisle. The U.S. has five percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prisoners.

Because of this rising awareness, there are a number of reforms being discussed.

A recent publication put together by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University includes a broad swath of possible changes — with ideas from Democratic presidential candidates like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren to President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. It’s titled "Ending Mass Incarceration: Ideas from Today’s Leaders."

One of the publications editors and contributors is Inimai Chettiar, director of the Brennan Center’s Justice Program, and she joined The Show to talk about it.

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Arizona Department of Corrections, Eyman Complex, Browning Unit.

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