Judge Bennett Delivers Lecture on Mass Incarceration



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An article written in the Spring of 2014 on the Hon. Mark Bennett and his latest book, A Holocaust in Slow Motion? America’s Mass Incarceration and the Role of Discretion.

“The title of the book was taken from a line from The House I Live in, an award-winning documentary on the never-ending War on Drugs in which Bennett appeared. In his lecture, Bennett discussed the progression of mass incarceration in the United States since the beginning of the government’s War on Drugs. While the United States may contain only 5 percent of the world’s population, it possesses 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population. Using a series of charts, Bennett showed that in the last 40 years, the country’s prison population has seen a 500 percent increase, and a 1,950 percent increase in the populations of federal prisons due solely to drug-based offenses.”

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