AMERICAN PRISON POPULATION

November 12, 1996
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THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS CREATED AN EXPLOSION IN THE AMERICAN PRISON POPULATION, WITH THE NUMBER OF PRISON INMATES NOW THREATENING TO EXCEED THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ATTENDING COLLEGE. AND THOSE WINDING UP IN THE NATION’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY YOUNG, BLACK AND MALE...AMID ALL THE GET TOUGH ON CRIME RHETORIC OF THE ELECTION SEASON, THERE WAS LITTLE TALK OF THE REAL SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC COSTS OF OUR NATION’S CRIME POLICIES.

GUESTS: JEROME MILLER, AUTHOR OF SEARCH AND DESTROY AND DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL CENTER OF INSTITUTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES.

PAUL KAMENAR, LEGAL DIRECTOR OF THE WASHINGTON LEGAL FOUNDATION

DARRELL KING, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY JUSTICE CENTER, HARLEM, NEW YORK.