Wednesday, December 23, 2009
At the Huffington Post, Jacob M. Appel notes that the United States now has "the highest incarceration rate in the world--more than 1 in every 100 Americans in currently behind bars." For that reason, he says, "our nation is long overdue for a mass clemency of non-violent felons and those unlikely to re-offend. Such a collective pardon and commutation would reunite hundreds of thousands of families, save billions of dollars in incarceration costs, and might foster a national spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation." Read his complete argument here.