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June 28, 2017

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Locking up everyone? A look at prison policy
Last Featured: 5/31/2004

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Overview

Two million prisoners and rising. The United States now locks up more people than any other nation, recently claiming that distinction from Russia. More than 20 years of increased sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimums have been cited as major factors in driving the prison population to new and potentially unsustainable heights. Skyrocketing prison costs have forced several states to begin releasing prisoners early, renew consideration of alternative sentencing, and question the effectiveness of what has largely been a one-size-fits-all lock ‘em up strategy.


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Elizabeth Alexander is the Director of the National Prison Project of the ACLU. She first joined the Project as a staff attorney in 1981, and was promoted to associate litigation director in 1990. During that time, she argued several major prisoners' rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Farmer v. Brennan, Wilson v. Seiter, and Lewis v. Case. Alexander has authored numerous articles on prison issues and has been a frequent speaker on criminal justice issues. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and has worked on behalf of prisoners' rights since 1973.

Richard Stalder is the Secretary to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections in Louisiana. He began his career as a Correctional Officer in 1971. He has served as President of the American Correctional Association and Vice-President of the National Association of State Correctional Administrators. He will assume the presidency of the NASCA this year. Stalder has received several awards including the Michael Francke Award from the Association of the State Correctional Administrators and the E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award from the American Correctional Association. Stalder is a 1978 graduate of Louisiana State University where he earned his masters in Economics.

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"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons."

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

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