New York City defied national trends, cut incarceration rate in half, study finds
Published: November 4, 2016
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In this story by PBS NewsHour's The Rundown, Ryan Connelly Holmes quotes Better By Half co-authors Judith Greene and Vincent Schiraldi, as they question the efficacy of mass incarceration as a crime control strategy, and point to how community activism for diversion and sentencing alternatives, changes in police enforcement and District Attorney charging practices, as well as the 2009 Rockefeller Drug Law reforms, have led to a reduction of better than 50 percent in NYC's jail and prison populations, over two decades. The study points the way for other jurisdictions to follow, the authors state.