Lawyers, Jails, and the Law's Fake Bargains

  • Michael E. Tigar
Keywords: Media, Political Economy

Abstract

Assume that Canada and the Western European countries have about the right number of people in jail. Assume that the social problem of crime is not terribly different in those countries than in the United States. Understand that our incarceration rate is five to eight times that of those other countries. If these assumptions, and this understanding, are even nearly valid, 80 percent of the people in American jails should not be there.
Published
2001-07-03
Section
Articles