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What evidence could be presented to argue that America is too conservative when it comes to crime?

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There are many pieces of evidence that could be used to make this case.  Perhaps the most important such evidence is the number of people who are in our prison systems for non-violent drug crimes.

In the United States today (one can argue), there is too much of an emphasis on punishing crime.  This comes out of what Herbert Packer would call the...

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