Why So Many Americans Are Unnecessarily Incarcerated

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In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 photo correctional officer Lt. Joshua Macomber is reflected in a metal mirror, right, in a cell in what prison officials describe as a disciplinary confinement area.

A new report published by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law called, “Unnecessarily Incarcerated,” estimates that America could release 39% of its total prison population with little to no risk to public safety. Lauren-Brooke Eisen, the Brennan Center for Justice’s top researcher, explains that their research team spent three years analyzing criminal codes, convictions, and sentences. They determined 25% of prisoners would be better served by alternatives to incarceration, and  that others have served sufficiently long sentences and could be released.