Utah must tackle issues behind prison, mistreatment of prisoners, and recidivism

Warehousing large numbers of people in prison is neither wise, nor just, nor humane as most people, and certainly conservatives, recognize. Allowing rampant crime to go unchecked is also none of these things. As a result of many factors, we have a large prison population in the United States and it is incumbent on us as a society to figure out how to prevent individuals from going to prison, how to ensure humane treatment of those who are in prison and how to help those who are released from prison not return there.

Part of the answer to the first question may involve strengthening families, particularly promoting married fatherhood. A recent article by Kay Hymowitz makes a strong case for the link between crime rates and marriage breakdown …

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