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    A Whole New Reason Not to Move to the Sticks

    So much for the white picket fence. Incarceration rates in the U.S. are growing fastest in rural and suburban areas, according to the Vera Institute, a justice policy nonprofit. Since 1970, prisoner rates have skyrocketed: Local jail populations increased 4.1 times in midsize counties and 6.9 times in small counties, compared to only 2.8 times in larger counties. Crime, meanwhile, has fallen. Study authors suspect the culprit is an “if you build it they will come” approach to law enforcement — so could their work prompt a renewed love affair with big-city living?

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