No excuse for complacency

By David Biles
Updated April 18 2018 - 12:34pm, first published May 6 2012 - 5:00pm

Afew days ago a good friend, knowing my interest in prison statistics, gave me a single-page document dated September 2, 2012, which was published by the US Department of Justice and purported to show that the number of people in custody in America had decreased by 0.3 per cent in the 12 months from 2009 to 2010. That sounds like good news, but closer scrutiny suggests otherwise.

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