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Effective Investments in Public Safety: Mass Incarceration and Longer Sentences Fail to Make Us Safer

Places that did not increase their use of incarceration as much as others experienced bigger drops in crime. Between 1993 and 2002, Maryland’s rate of incarceration grew by 14.9%, dwarfed by a 52.9% growth in neighboring Pennsylvania. However, Maryland experienced a 22.5% decrease in FBI index crimes compared to just a 13.3% decrease in Pennsylvania.

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