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Analysis Of Justice Reform Finds Problems

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An electronic monitoring bracelet for people serving time, but not behind bars.

The uneven distribution of justice in America and the huge number of people locked up (2,000,000-plus) has produced a big push for reform. Ideas include making greater use of modern technology to monitor people in trouble with the law, just through less-restrictive means.

But there is a flip side to tools like house arrest and ankle monitors, and activist journalists Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law examine that side in the book Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms.

The authors talk about the ways in which "reform" can become incarceration and surveillance by a different name.

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