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Bill Keller talks about his new book, "What's Prison For?"

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"People end up in jail primarily and stay in jail primarily because they don't have the money to pay bail," says Nancy Fishman, a project director at the Vera Institute.

The pandemic led to a decline in the incarcerated population, and many states have been re-evaluating the purpose of prisons.

In this hour, Bill Keller, Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Marshall Project, joins us to talk about his new book, What’s Prison For? Punishment and Rehabilitation in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

Keller details how the United States prison population became so massive and what we can learn from how other countries treat and house people in prison.


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