Magazine February 20, 2017, Issue

Beyond Getting Tough

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Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration -- and How to Achieve Real Reform by John Pfaff (Basic, 272 pp., $27.99)

Sir William Blackstone famously decreed that it would be better for ten guilty men to escape justice than for one innocent to suffer at the hands of the law. In theory, it seems like an admirable principle. If mere men are to wield the sword of justice, they should do so cautiously. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality of America’s criminal-justice system. This is just one of the troubling realities that emerge from John Pfaff’s new book, Locked In. It is a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion about justice reform.

Locked In is an interesting example of a book that is

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