Archives: mass incarceration

Mass Incarceration: Victim Advocacy

You might think victims of crimes want perpetrators locked up for life, but that’s not always the case. In this installment of our series on mass incarceration, we’ll examine the role of the victim in Ohio’s criminal justice system. We’ll look at rise of the victims’ rights lobby, and how victim testimony affects the chances for parole.

Mass Incarceration: Ohio’s Recidivism Rate

In the latest installment of our series on mass incarceration, we’ll examine recidivism– the rate at which prisoners return to prison. Ohio’s rate is lower than the national average, which experts attribute to improved risk assessment, case management and transitional programs. We’ll talk about what’s working and what’s not, this hour.

Mass Incarceration: The Social and Economic Costs

Despite the steady drop in crime, incarceration rates have risen over the past 30 years, and the US rate is far above any other in the world. The costs of imprisonment are alarming: almost a quarter-trillion dollars a year, all told, and the social price is just as steep. This hour we’ll discuss how we reached this point, and where solutions lie.

Mass Incarceration and the Future of Criminal Justice

At first glance, a get-tough-on crime policy seems like a no-brainer. But stiffer penalties for smaller crimes means more people end up doing time, leading to fiscal and political consequences. This hour we’ll look at America’s disproportionate penal system and examine the relationship between laws and crime rates over the last forty years.