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Opening Arguments

Jailhouse blues

A young Indiana Daily Student essayist, somewhere in the middle of a piece that keeps confusing the functions of jails and prisons, concludes that the United States is just too darn punitive and doesn't spend enough time trying to redeem criminals:

Strangely enough, the crime rate in the country has steadily decreased. Yet, the incarceration rates have not decreased proportionately.

Could that be because, let's see, the people who would be committing the crimes are incarcerated?