incarceration politics

Fellows, Jeffrey jmf9 at
Mon Mar 8 13:14:34 PST 1999

Obviously, no politician is going to take a stand that will be viewed as being soft on crime. But, from what I understand the new language will be "tough and smart on crime " or "tough, yet smart on crime." The politicians in California and Oregon may already be using this phrase. Jeff

-----Original Message----- From: Michael Perelman [mailto:michael at] Sent: Monday, March 08, 1999 1:28 PM To: lbo-talk at Subject: incarceration politics

My suspicion is that policy makers know full well that the present rate of incarceration is irrational, but they have fanned the flames of fear and cannot suddenly claim that crime is no longer so threatening. --

Michael Perelman Economics Department California State University michael at Chico, CA 95929 530-898-5321 fax 530-898-5901

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