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What is the cause of mass incarceration in the United States?

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So far one person is close but no-one has said it outright. 

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The ones handing down the sentences are the biggest contributors to the problem: prosecutors, judges and law enforcement.

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    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    Mandatory sentences, the war on drugs, and truth in sentencing laws that cut back on parole.

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  • 1 month ago

    Believe it or not, it is a thriving business. A best answer award is not necessary.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Probably people like Bloomberg, who arrest you for walking down the street. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The Nword thug rap "culture".  apparently mass incarceration hasn't worked maybe we should try mass incineration

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  • 1 month ago

    When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.  That was enough for a Democrat President to have every Japanese not born in America to be incarcerated.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Drugs............

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  • Prince
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Class- ism and racism combined with an antiquated eighteenth century philopsophy. But if you're rich you can almost always buy your way out of it. 

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  • Immorality That's the only answer. It's the one thing 99% of all crimes have in common. Immorality is the major reason for people making poor life choices.

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  • a2yar
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Greed.. Profits for private jails

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