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Lock Up Fewer Idahoans, Cut Crime

Only two states have a lower crime rate than Idaho. Only one has a higher proportion of its population caught up in the corrections system. One of every 18 Idaho adults is on probation, in prison or on parole. Why? One explanation: Idaho's penalties for failing probation, its short-term rider program and parole are severe. Someone in Idaho convicted of a non-violent crime will serve 3.9 years in prison, 70 percent longer than the national average. Anyone convicted of a drug offense will serve an average of 4.1 years, nearly 86 percent longer than the national norm/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho locks up too many people?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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