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Chart: More prison doesn’t mean less crime

Twenty years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed a massive anti-crime bill that put more Americans in prison.

But two decades later, an analysis from Pew Charitable Trusts found the states that reduced their incarceration rates actually saw bigger crime drops. That doesn't mean less imprisonment leads to less crime. But the findings show there's no credible correlation, and it gives more credence to previous research that found higher threats of incarceration don't actually deter criminal activity.

Check out Pew's findings in the infographic below:

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