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The US has the highest incarceration rate of any developed country (1.46M in 2018) and this large population of inmates creates a significant cost for taxpayers and governments. Further, the traditional prison system may not be the most effective way to reduce crime and rehabilitate offenders. Extensive researchhas been conducted to study decriminalization as a solution to these problems, and promising results have been found indicating a path forward to reduce inmate populations and government expenditures, improve offender outcomes, and maintain public safety.
Utah State University
Economics | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Rhea, Isaac, "What are the Consequences of (de)Criminalization?" (2020). Fall Student Research Symposium 2020. 74.