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Mass Incarceration: The Social and Economic Costs

10 am

Despite the steady drop in crime, incarceration rates have risen over the past 30 years, and the US rate is far above many other democracies in the world. The costs of imprisonment are alarming: almost a quarter-trillion dollars a year, all told, and the social price is just as steep. This hour we'll discuss how we reached this point, and where solutions might lie.


  • Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City
  • David Singleton, Executive Director at Ohio Justice and Policy Center
  • Melissa Kearney, Director of The Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution

  Listen to all parts of our Mass Incarceration series #1:  The Social and Economic Costs #2: Ohio's Parole Board #3: The Recidivism Rate #4: Victim Advocacy