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Analyzing President Trump’s Tough-on-crime Policies

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Soon after President Trump’s election, private prison stocks doubled in value. This spike reflected the hope that Trump’s presidency would usher in a new era of correctional growth, and, indeed, his policies have ushered in a new era of law and order.

In 2017, Trump issued executive orders that provided for stricter enforcement of immigration laws, the growth of a deportation force, the building of new detention facilities, increased support for law enforcement and new task forces on combating crime.

The question remains: will these tough-on-crime policies mark the continued growth of mass incarceration or its last hurrah?

Dr. Anne E. Parsons, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Museum Studies Program, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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