Excessively confined: lengthy sentences unnecessary as recidivism is rare among people convicted of violent crimes

Locking people up for violent crime for decades isn't necessary to keep them from reoffending, a new report from the Sentencing Project found.

We go to The Sentencing Project for this week’s report, “A New Lease on Life,” by Ashley Nellis.

1% of people who served time for murder were arrested for another murder.

17% of people who served time for murder were rearrested for another violent crime.

The Sentencing Project offers recommendations to the media, prison and policymakers on how to change the false narrative surrounding people released after serving time for violent crimes and how to make prison release more fair and efficient.

Read the whole report here.


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