What America’s Prison Policy Means

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Alexander M. Carpenter

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Dr. Virginia Beard

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This project examines policy in the context of the American prison system. Incarceration in America has reached an epidemic level. Globally, the United States boasts the largest percentage of incarcerated citizens per capita. The focus of this study is on policies regarding sentencing and the implications of sentencing, with the design to highlight disparities caused by said policies. By reviewing scholarly literature, empirical data and current policy, this study expects to find socioeconomic and racial disparities within the current system. This conclusion is not short of implications, but the empirical evidence alone should be implication enough that something, somewhere in the current policy simply does not work.

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