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Does US mass incarceration work? When you look at other countries, the numbers just don’t add up.

Spamann, Holger (2016) Does US mass incarceration work? When you look at other countries, the numbers just don’t add up. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (20 Oct 2016). Website.

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Abstract

Despite a declining prison population, the US still sends more people to jail per capita than any other country. But does this predilection towards incarceration lead to lower crime rates? By relating crime and incarceration data to country-specific data on measures such as development and social policy Holger Spamann finds that the US’ incarceration rate is a distinct outlier given the amount of crime it experiences. He writes that the incarceration gap may be down to factors such as poor race relations, but that it is more likely that the US’ policy of mass incarceration simply doesn’t do enough to deter or prevent crime.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2016 08:34
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2020 23:32
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68405

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