Prison Without Walls

Source: Graeme Wood, Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 305 no. 7, September 2010

Incarceration in America is a failure by almost any measure. But what if the prisons could be turned inside out, with convicts released into society under constant electronic surveillance? Radical though it may seem, early experiments suggest that such a science-fiction scenario might cut crime, reduce costs, and even prove more just.

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