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Why does the FIRST STEP Act have bipartisan support?

Note: misconceptions/challenged statements from a previous edit are struck through viz. insight from an answer. There's been a campaign for US federal prison reform for decades. It's long had a lot ...
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What does Kanye (Ye) West actually mean by “Abolish the 13th Amendment”?

On his Saturday Night Live appearance on the 29th of September 2018, Kanye West spoke on "abolishing the 13th amendment". (This may have been stewing for a while, but that is when I first became ...
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Global policies on hiring ex-convicts

Spawned from this other SE question. In the United States it is challenging for ex-convicts to find gainful employment. A few states have gotten on board the Ban the Box initiative, referring to the ...
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Why does the US prison system seem so ineffective when compared to prison systems in other developed countries?

According to this article Norway's prison system is very effective when compared to the one in US: incarceration rate - 75 / 100K compared to 707 / 100K in US recidivism rate - 20% compared to more ...
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Politics involved in separation of prisons and jails?

I try to understand why there are US federal and state prisons, and county jails. I did not find a clear separation of the use of the three variants when reading Wikipedia regarding the topic. It ...
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Are minorities given harsher sentences in the criminal justice system in the US?

US has the largest incarceration rate of any country with 1 in 100 being in prison or incarceration. In 2016, the Prison Policy Initiative estimated that in the United States that about 2,298,300 ...
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Currently, do prison inmates in the state of New York do “hard labor”?

A relative is insisting that currently, in our state, which is New York, prison inmates are required to do "hard labor." I was skeptical, but I tried to find some evidence of this by searching the ...
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Governments friendly to the USA willing to accept Guantanamo detainees from other countries

This question is related to Why require a stable home country for release from Guantanamo Bay? . The United States has released some Guantanamo detainees to countries from which they originated. In ...