October 10, 2010 1:00 AM

Commentary: Incarceration's impact on society is shameful

You won't need a calculator, but get ready to decipher a bunch of numbers — data that ought to make Americans feel both sadness and shame. For those of us who've kept up with our criminal justice system the past three decades, these numbers I'm about to share are neither surprising nor shocking, but they do paint a startling picture of the impact our high incarceration rate is having on individuals, families and our society as a whole.

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