We Should Cut Prison Sentences in Half

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Would you like to end mass incarceration? There’s an easy way to do it: cut every sentence, for every crime, in half.

This doesn’t solve all our problems, of course, but it would be a great start. It would cut the prison population by a ton and would have approximately zero negative effects. Who’s with me?

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