“Incarceration Limited As Crime Control Strategy”

The Sentencing Project has this today:

In an opinion piece published in the annual report of the Open Society Foundation of South Africa, Marc Mauer cautions policymakers to avoid the U.S. model of massive prison expansion as a means of coping with the nation’s crime problem. He argues that “such a strategy is not only harmful to public safety interests, but diverts resources and attention from more constructive approaches.” After assessing the limited impact of rising incarceration on crime, he suggests that “a variety of approaches in the areas of preschool education, drug treatment, and high school completion are more effective than expanding the use of incarceration.”

The full article is here.