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Drug lab crisis calls out for corrections reform

The scandal at the state drug lab and the pending release of hundreds, possibly thousands of prisoners, is an uncomfortable reminder of the way we operate our criminal justice system even in the absence of a crisis. Every month, state prisons send about 200 inmates back to the community, half of whom return without supervision. This is particularly startling given that two-thirds of those sent home come directly from either a maximum or a medium security prison.

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