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Unformatted text preview: more drug offenders and crimes related to drug offenders such as robbery, assault, and even murder are being sentenced to longer prison terms as each President has asked Congress to appropriate more funds to campaign against drugs as well as passing stiffer or mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug law violations. State politics affect incarceration. States with high violent crime rates have higher levels of incarceration. States with higher revenues have higher prison populations. States with higher unemployment and where there is a higher percentage of African Americans have higher prison populations. States with more generous welfare benefits have lower prison populations. States with more conservatives have not only higher incarceration rates, but their rates grew more rapidly than did the rates of states with fewer conservatives. Political incentives for an expansive prison policy transcended both major political parties....
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- Fall '06
- criminal law, longer prison terms, higher prison populations