Washington Law Review

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Informal Collateral Consequences

October 01, 2013 | 88 Wash. L. Rev. 1103

After a thirty-year punitive binge, the nation is in the process of awakening to the vast array of negative effects flowing from its draconian crime control policies. The shift is perhaps most evident in the realm of corrections, which since the early 1980s has experienced unprecedented population growth. Driven by a number of factors, not the least of which is the enormous human and financial cost of mass incarceration, policy makers are now shrinking prison and jail populations4 and pursuing cheaper non-brick-and-mortar social control options.

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