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Debunking the NRC Report on "Mass Incarceration"

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The National Research Council (NRC) recently put out a report on incarceration in the United States.  It amounts to 450 pages of singing the same, tired liberal tune we have heard for years.  If you want to find out what it says, you'd save some time just listening to the two more succinct liberal witnesses at today's House hearing, Mark Levin of Right on Crime and Prof. Bryan Stevenson of NYU.  

Prof. John Pfaff has plowed through it, however, and finds numerous errors and omissions.  Hat tip to Doug Berman and SL&P for collecting Prof. Pfaff's pieces, which he does here, under the appropriate title, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Mass Incarceration Analysis: John Pfaff tears apart NRC report."

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Part 5 of Professor Pfaff's critique notes, "At no point--nowhere, not a single time--does the report discuss Realignment in California."

He considers this "a shocking oversight."

Kent,

As you might have seen if you watched the hearing, I once attempted to bring up California to rebut Mark Levin from Right on Crime, but got cut off. Fortunately, Chairman Gohmert let me get back to it, at which point I noted that, on account of Realignment/Plata, California has had as many or more early releases as the rest of the country combined -- and crime has gone up. In my written testimony, I explicitly referenced two of your posts discussing the increasing crime in California.

It's just not that hard to figure out. If you release more of the people who commit crime, you get more crime. The other side knows this, and therefore prefers to change the subject to something else, like race.

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