Capping

Remedy for overuses of prisons

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About the project Edit

Capping is a legislative remedy for the overuse of prisons which has been used successfully in several American states. It is possible through legislation to set maximum limits on the numbers and proportion of the population we are willing to jail. In the capping scheme, when those limits are surpassed, those closest to their release dates are automatically released. This is done until the prison population is dropped to its declared maximum number. Capping simply requires courts and prisons not to hold more than a certain number of proportion of the population in prison. Capping simply requires courts and prisons not to hold more than a certain number of proportion of the population in prison.

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Alternatives to prison are not a visionary future ideal, being talked about by a few creative reformers. There are 25 different alternatives, described in this pamphlet, all in practice. Most of them are working effectively in Canada. In general, their use only needs to be sharpened and expanded. Some, like probation and parole, date back to the 19th century, but most are relatively recent, and represent a growing recognition by the community that we deserve something better than prisons.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

It is the only alternative guaranteed not to widen the net, and certain to reduce imprisonment rates. It has been effective wherever it has been used. Two separate studies of large groups of offenders released by U.S. Supreme Court rulings, before their sentences were finished, showed these early released offenders had a lower rate of return than those who served their whole sentences. Thus capping reduces crime by reducing the crime-creating effects of prisons on people.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Capping could be legislated in other countries dealing with high rates of incarceration.

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