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August 14, 2013 11:23 AM 'Stop and Frisk' Statistics

Reposted because it’s newsworthy.And our graphs (based on data from the late 1990s): [Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]...

By Andrew Gelman

August 13, 2013 11:49 AM Why Did Liberals Used to Support Mandatory Minimums?

The Obama Administration, in the person of Attorney General Holder, has proposed reforms that are intended to make mandatory minimum sentences less common for low-level drug offenders in selected federal drug cases, and, allow federal prisoners to have compassionate early...

By Keith Humphreys

August 13, 2013 8:41 AM Eric Holder Does the Right Thing on Drug Sentencing

The federal government keeps about 100,000 people under lock and key at any given time for drug law violations. That’s more than half of all federal incarceration, though it’s a small share of total drug-law incarceration (about 500,000, including state...

By Mark Kleiman

August 05, 2013 12:53 PM The Death Penalty is Not a National Problem

Janell Ross rounds up evidence that the use of the death penalty may be in retreat in the U.S.. Being strongly against capital punishment, I am pleased at developments. But death penalty opponents will not get to abolition if we...

By Keith Humphreys

March 19, 2013 11:13 AM Why The Prison Population is Falling

I was glad to see that my post on the declining rate of incarceration in the U.S. was picked up by a number of other blogs and newspapers. In those fora, a number of people argued that the recent decrease...

By Keith Humphreys