Crime: America's Overcrowded Prisons

America's overcrowded prisons have failed as a deterrent. Building more of them and imposing longer sentences may only increase the crime rate

FOR YEARS, TONYA DRAKE STRUGGLED FROM ONE WELfare check to the next, juggling the cost of diapers, food and housing for her four small children, all under age eight. So when Drake, 30, was handed a $100 bill by a man she barely knew in June 1990 and was told she could keep the change if she posted a package for him, she readily agreed. For her effort, Drake received $47.70 and assumed that would be the end of it. But unknown to Drake, the package contained 232 grams of crack cocaine. Although she had neither a prior criminal record nor...

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