Reading Time: 5 minutes You’ve heard that prison populations are declining, right? It might be a bait-and-switch trick. A new study reveals that life sentences have risen to an all-time high across the country’s ideological spectrum, in states red, blue and purple. And we’ll pay for that down the line, as our prisons become geriatric care centers for lifers. WhoWhatWhy analyzes this important new criminal justice data.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Prison recidivism: Can you make people go straight by being especially tough on them? A new study says no—quite the opposite.