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Crime And Punishment in America

This series will explore the history of the American criminal justice system from the Colonial Era, when America was a dumping ground for British criminals, to today. Through the histories of institutions and the lives of criminals and victims, law-enforcement officials, and crusading reformers, we will confront issues of class and race and ethnicity, changing definitions of crime and our evolving efforts to deal with it, and the fairness or lack of it in deciding who is to be punished and who walks free. Through it all we hope to provide some answers to a single troubling question: Why, after 237 years of independence, are more than two million American men and women incarcerated, the largest prison population on earth? 

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