Can the American Prison System Be Fixed?

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Some 2.2 million Americans are behind bars, at a cost of $60 billion a year. A recent report harshly criticizes the state of America's prison system. The report says prisoners are locked up and forgotten, creating hardened criminals and a cycle of crime.

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Alex Busansky, executive director of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons

Dr. Rick Dudley, psychiatrist and one of the commissioners for the report

Martin Horn, commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction



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