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Can America Reduce its Prison Population?

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buy cod online soma The current trend of prison downsizing in the United States may not succeed unless experts can advise policy makers promptly about which non-prison programs for convicts change offender behavior, says criminologist Joan Petersilia of Stanford Law School.

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carisoprodol compound The NIJ conference, being held in Crystal City, Va., near Washington, D.C., concludes today (Wednesday). The annual event has been cancelled for next year over budgetary concerns and will resume in 2014.

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