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Justice Denied



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From my most recent NRO article, on the problems of the U.S. justice system: “The United States has six to twelve times as many incarcerated people per capita as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom, all prosperous democracies. The U.S. has a much higher percentage of successful prosecutions, a lower hurdle to clear to prosecute (with rubber-stamp grand juries), a greater range of offenses, heavier sentences, and a higher recidivism rate than any of those other countries. As Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia wrote in his essay ‘Criminal Injustice’ two years ago, either those other countries are less concerned with crime than the U.S., or Americans are more addicted to criminal behavior — both preposterous suggestions — or the U.S. justice system is not working well.”

Whether you agree or disagree, your comments are, as always, most welcome.



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