Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Shikha Dalmia: Shrink the Prisons

Conservatives are as wrong about prison overcrowding as liberals were about welfare reform.

Sometimes the correct answer is genuinely hard to see. At other times it is obvious, but we are too blinded by our ideological prejudices to see it. That’s what happened to many liberals during the welfare reform debate 15 years ago. And it might be what is happening now to the conservatives protesting Plata vs. Brown, a recent Supreme Court ruling ordering California to relieve the massive overcrowding in its prisons.

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