What’s Wrong with Jails in America?

Why are jails overcrowded? Who are these inmates? What are the new promising alternatives to incarceration?

Dick’s guest is Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney, who for the past seven years among other duties, has presided over a reduction of jail population from 1,300 down to 800. He serves on over twenty national, state and local task forces and committees, including one on mental health and the criminal justice system and another on disproportionate minority confinement. He is also National Secretary for The Major County Sheriffs Organization.

Mahoney describes the use of electronic monitoring bracelets that have helped reduce the jail population and have a 97 percent success rate against more crimes.

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