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One Way To Handle Our Explosive Prison Population

Joel Turner was only 19 when three men broke into his house and stabbed him to death.
His mother, Janet Connors, had already spent four decades as a social activist in Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood. Practically living in court over the next two years watching the fate of the four men (one was the driver) be decided by the justice system, she knew too well what would happen: those convicted of lesser charges would eventually be dumped back into the streets.

So Connors put

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