In recent years, elected officials, criminologists and others have examined ways to decrease the number of people sitting in U.S. prisons.
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“The violent crime rate in America is the same as it was in 1968, yet our prison system has grown by over 500 percent.” -- U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, and Bryan Stevenson in a May 17 op-ed.