The Chronicle Review

Prison Studies

Gianpaolo Pagni

November 01, 2009

The Background

Some 2.3-million people are incarcerated in the United States. From the 1920s to 1975, the imprisonment rate hovered around 110 per 100,000 U.S. residents; it has since rocketed to 760—proportionally five to 12 times as high as any…

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