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The Champion Magazine

“Jeffrey Bellin’s book, Mass Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became Addicted to Prisons and Jails and How It Can Recover, is truly impressive. It is written in an engaging narrative style but weaves in meticulous statistical support for its contentions. Ultimately it is a concise analysis of the legal, administrative and procedural flaws in our dysfunctional carceral system, and it delivers specific strategies to recover from mass incarceration. …. Everyone involved in the criminal law, at all levels, should read Professor Bellin’s carefully researched and well-thought-out work…. Bellin’s hard work identifies specific flaws that need to be fixed that will start to move the system away from mass incarceration. His book sets forth an agenda that, on the level of legislative, administrative and procedural reform, can lead to significant progress. Read the book and let’s get going.” — Robert Sanger, July 2023

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