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CPRC on Turkish TRT World’s The Newsmakers to debate whether prison deters criminals

27 May , 2016  



Dr. John Lott from the Crime Prevention Research Center debated Baz Dreisinger from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice appeared on Turkish TRT World’s The Newsmakers to debate whether prison deters crime and whether prison should be abolished (Thursday, May 26, 2016).

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CPRC at Investor’s Business Daily: “Mass Incarceration: Tell Hillary Clinton Punishment Matters”

3 Nov , 2015  

John Lott’s newest piece at Investor’s Business Daily starts this way:

It’s easy to forget that in 1991 the U.S. murder rate was well over twice what it is today. In a speech last week at Atlanta’s Clark University, Hillary Clinton showed she doesn’t understand her call for an “end the era of mass incarceration” will endanger lives.

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CPRC on the Steve Malzberg Show on Newsman TV to discuss Hillary Clinton’s Criminal Justice Proposals

13 May , 2015  


The discussion focuses on John Lott’s recent piece in the New York Daily News and Bloomberg’s groups continued unwillingness to debate.

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What percent of federal and state prisoners are there for drug offenses?

16 May , 2014  


This data is available here (file fjs10f18.cvs).
The Federal prison population was about 17 percent of the state prison population in 2011 (Appendix Table 1). In state prisons was a much smaller percent of the population there for drug offenses (about 17 percent in 2011). Combining state and federal prison populations together places the total prison population incarcerated for drug offenses at 21 percent.

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5 Year Recidivism of Prisoners released hits 77 percent

23 Apr , 2014  


This new study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that the previous measures of recidivism that looked at just the first two years after release missed a lot of the problem with former prisoners being rearrested.

The 5 year rate for
All offenses: 77%
Violent Crime: 71%
Property Crime: 82%
Drug Offenses: 77%
DUIs: 60%

Bureau of Justice Statistics, Date of release: 12/30/13, Report title: Federal Justice Statistics, 2010 NCJ 239913