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    East Africa Experiments With Different Kinds of Justice

    These “get out of jail” cards aren’t free. Countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are increasingly using community service instead of jail time for smaller crimes in an effort to relieve overcrowded prisons and reduce costs. That means low-level offenders may be picking up brooms to lend a hand instead of languishing in a cell. The countries hope that noncustodial sentences will be safer, cheaper and give back to the community. Now they just need to convince justice-craving citizens that community service is the right path.

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