Crime & Punishment

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The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment at the hands of the government.

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“The criminal justice system is in need of a seismic shift, and Kelley, Pitman, and Streusands' proposal is exactly the kind of major change needed.”

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The body of scholarship dedicated to analyzing, understanding, and changing America's enormous carceral complex is growing fast.

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“a refreshing look at the causes of mass incarceration . . . a must-read for anyone involved in the criminal justice reform movement.”

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“The criminal justice system has adapted itself to the world of mass incarceration.”

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Sociologists, criminologists, and other scholars regularly study and debate what works about the American criminal justice system and what doesn't.

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"Prisoners," wrote Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, "retain the essence of human dignity. . . .