Crime and Over-punishment
It is surprising that the editors of National Review would publish Stephanos Bibas’s article, which describes at length the harmful social effects of keeping convicted criminals behind bars but entirely neglects to mention the enormous good such practices have produced (“Prisoners without Prisons,” September 21).
Bibas asserts in passing that we have gained “too little benefit to show” for what he calls “over-imprisonment,” but he neglects to specify any benefits at all. It’s not clear that he thinks there are any.
Here’s one: The lives of tens of thousands of people have been saved because of the steep decline in