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Opposing the Drive to Repeat History

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The Urban Institute has been a leader in the drive to forget the history of the failed soft sentencing policies of the Age of Aquarius and to condemn America to repeat them.  Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons & Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing Recidivism.  The Urban Institute representative said the usual stuff.

What was unusual in today's hearing was testimony noting the deficiencies in UI's Pollyanna pronouncements by Dr. Matt DeLisi of Iowa State University and Dr. Jeffrey Sedgwick of Keswick Advisors.

DeLisi testified, "The Urban Institute proposal to potentially release 36,000 inmates over the next 10 years would produce an estimated 540,000 to 612,000 new Index crimes."

Sedgwick testified, "To summarize the lessons from the crime decline of the 1990s (which has continued, though at a much slower rate, up until 2010), one would fairly say that, among the criminal justice policies proffered as causes, the case for effectiveness is stronger for incarceration than for crime prevention or intervention programs. And yet there are those who still earnestly advocate a redistribution of criminal justice funds from incarceration to its alternatives."

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Didn't Ronald Reagan once say something about the "failed policies of the past?"

Over the last 20 years or so, we have had enormous success with increasing the use of incarceration. So naturally, the thing to do with a successful policy is........walk away from it to re-embrace failure.

This is what counts as "logic" with our adversaries.

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