Title

Introduction

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2020

Journal

Criminal Law Practitioner

Volume

11

Issue

1

First Page

4

Last Page

6

Abstract

An Introduction by Angela J. Davis Distinguished Professor of Law, American University Washington Collge of Law

The scourge of mass incarceration has plagued the United States for decades. With roughly 2.3 million people in federal and state prisons and close to 7 million people under some form of criminal justice control' in prison or jail or on probation and parole-this country maintains the unenviable status of having the highest incarceration rate in the world. Demands for reform have come in fits and starts, resulting in modest changes that have done little to reduce the number of people incarcerated or under some other form of control by the criminal legal system.

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