Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cops and Robbers Even Police Want to Reduce Incarceration

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cops and Robbers Even Police Want to Reduce Incarceration

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More than 130 police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors have joined the rising chorus to reduce the number of inmates in U.S. prisons. Members of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration are calling for, among other things, alternatives to arrests, lowering the number of criminal laws and ending mandatory minimum sentences.

Another call to reduce incarceration is hardly news, except when it comes from the people who have generally supported the sentences and laws that have quadrupled the prison population over the past 35 years. With more than 2 million people in prison, including 53,000 in Pennsylvania, the United States leads the world in incarceration.

In the past two years, advocacy groups and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have called for a change in course. …

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