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    Policy and Practice Briefs: Incarceration Costs

    In June 2010, the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington, D.C. issued a report highlighting fiscal aspects of the use of incarceration in the United States. In The High Budgetary Cost of Incarceration , CEPR researchers John Schmitt, Kris Warner, and Sarika Gupta observe that the United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other country in the world. This high level of incarceration (2.3 million people in 2008) is hardly new to most observers of...
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