The United States has a higher percentage of incarcerated people than any nation in the world. Though Americans only make up about five-percent of the world's population - we have a quarter of those behind bars. How did we get here? How did we become a country that spends close to $70-billion a year on corrections? Sometimes at a cost of nearly $50,000 per prisoner, per year? We tackle the issue of prison reform and take a look at whether the controversial “three-strikes” bill should become law here in Massachusetts.
Nancy Gertner, retired judge from the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Visiting professor at Harvard Law School
Leslie Walker, executive director of Prisoners' Legal Services
Mary Elizabeth Heffernan, secretary of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
More on this topic from WGBH:
In Defense Of Minimum-Security Incarceration (ERS, 12/5/11)
Vipassana Meditation At A Maximum-Security Prison (ERS, 2/17/10)
Nancy Gertner on WGBH's Forum Network