The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences (2014), packed with research and analysis from social scientists and policy experts, is available as a free PDF from the National Academies Press.
And this video summarizes it without the graphics:
Other National Academies publications in Law and Justice address topics such as:
- eyewitness identification
- the illicit tobacco market
- juvenile justice reform
- sex trafficking
- forensic evidence