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Unformatted text preview: an increase in the number of people committing offenses cannot explain the trend. It is believed that three social policies are mainly responsible for this increase in prison populations. Those three policies are; use of imprisonment for drug possession or other drug offenses, three-strikes legislation mandating long prison sentences for third-time offenders, and truth-in-sentencing legislation mandating long prison terms across offense categories (Imprisonment in the United States, 2001). As a result of these mandatory prison sentences thousands of people have been sent to prison for terms of 50 years or longer. References Imprisonment in the United States. (2001). In Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender. Retrieved June 4, 2011 from http://www.credoreference.com/entry/estwomen/imprisonment_in_the_united_states...
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