The Prisoners’ Dilemma

Review: 'Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration' by John Pfaff

In 'Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration,' John Pfaff takes what he calls the "standard story" to task. Pfaff presents a compelling account of mass incarceration, backed by robust statistics, to argue that current reforms are merely low-hanging fruit and will fail to bring about any meaningful reduction in the incarcerated population. Rather, to address the 2.3 million American prison inhabitants, reform efforts must address the relevant problems on a more fundamental level.