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A Higher Minimum Wage Could Lower Recidivism

New research shows that boosting paychecks could help people stay out of jail.
A worker at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month.
A worker at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month.Patrick Semansky/AP

On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it would be raising the minimum wage of all its workers—including temps—to $15 an hour. And it also urged the federal government to do the same.

The move was variously hailed as a PR masterstroke, a ploy to fend off its employees’ unionization efforts, and a political win for Bernie Sanders. But one thing it definitely accomplished: It has raised the stakes on the debate over raising the minimum wage, with supporters and critics listing what they see as the benefits or threats of a national $15 wage.