Safety First

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A recent Pew Center study purports to show that, for the first time in U.S. history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison. This ratio would put the U.S. far ahead of such police states as Russia and China. Heritage Foundation criminal justice analyst David Muhlhausen responded: “Public safety is the number one priority of state and local governments. Incarcerating serious and violent criminals reduces crime and our incarceration policies are partially responsible for the large reduction in crime since the early 1990s.” To put these number in perspective, consider:

Muhlhausen adds: “”We need to be smarter. We’re not incarcerating all the people who commit serious crimes. But we’re also probably incarcerating people who don’t need to be.”