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How the History of Parole Shows the Cruelty of the U.S. Legal System

Posted on AllSides May 29th, 2024
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A new book uses parole to chronicle how the criminal legal system prioritizes punishment over actually rehabilitating people or making society safer. After author Ben Austen released a book on Chicago’s Cabrini-Green public housing complex in 2018, a reader contacted him with information on the high-profile killings of two police officers he’d written about—murders he said marked the beginning of the complex’s “infamy.” The message sparked a years-long investigation. “Somebody reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, you wrote about that crime in 1970, the 17-year-old who was convicted of...

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