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America’s Prison Population, Explained

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Peter Cohn
July 21, 2014, 4:43 a.m.

The death pen­alty isn’t the only con­tro­versy in crim­in­al justice. Amer­ica now has a pris­on pop­u­la­tion equal to that of the en­tire coun­try of Slov­e­nia, and John Oliv­er is ready to ex­plain how we got there. (There is even a Ses­ame Street epis­ode de­voted to the top­ic, if you have small chil­dren.)

Plus: The highest court just got a little high­er, and joint ses­sions of Con­gress may have a whole new mean­ing. Wash­ing­ton, D.C., joined the grow­ing list of marijuana de­crim­in­al­izers.


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