Upenn-cambridge professor: use crime harm index to streamline Justice system.

Author:Ferreria, Jeanelle
Position::News Briefs - Lawrence Sherman of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Cambridge - Brief article

Professor and criminologist Lawrence Sherman, speaking at the National Institute of Justice, called for a risk-assessment tool that better predicts whether a criminal will reoffend, saying that U.S. prisons overcrowding is due in part to extreme caution. "Most people in prison are not Willie Hortons," Sherman told thecrimereport.org. Horton, a murderer, escaped while on weekend furlough in 1986, raped a woman and stabbed her fiance. Sherman said that while some dangerous...

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