Debates should continue about root causes, but attacking incarceration is not the right way forward.
Progressives have decided that district attorneys are responsible for mass incarceration, which is wrong on a number of counts.
Barry Latzer is professor emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. His latest book is The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America (Encounter, 2016). His history of violent crime pre-1940, The Roots of Violent Crime in America: From the Gilded Age through the Great Depression, will be published in 2021 by Louisiana State University Press. He is now writing a book titled The Myth of Overpunishment.