A commonly heard refrain is that the US has an “over-incarceration” problem.
Focusing on the raw number of people imprisoned, critics of the criminal justice system claim that far too many people are locked up for too long, many of them for relatively minor offenses, and that they need to be set free.
Even President Trump bought into that, signing a bill called the “First Step Act,” derided by many on the right as the “jailbreak bill.”
However, some Republicans are growing more willing to push back on the over-incarceration narrative, noting that, in reality, the US probably locks up too few, not too many people. Read more