Thursday December 5, 2013
Crime & Courts News
Collateral Costs: Incarceration’s Effect on Economic Mobility was a collaborative effort between the Pew Charitable Trusts' Economic Mobility Project and its Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP). The 2010 report examined the impact of incarceration on the economic opportunity and mobility of former inmates and their families.
In 2010, South Carolina enacted a comprehensive package of sentencing and corrections legislation that puts the state at the forefront of states advancing research-driven criminal justice policies designed to produce a greater public safety return on corrections spending.
Arkansas's prison population is projected to grow by as much as 43 percent over the next decade. Building and operating new prisons to accommodate this growth will cost approximately $1.1 billion between 2010 and 2020. With the state prison system already at full capacity, Arkansas policy makers are considering data-driven alternatives that will contain prison growth and corrections spending while protecting public safety. This June 2010 report detailed the steps state leaders took to advance public safety policy solutions.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, the number of state prisoners in the United States has declined, according to Prison Count 2010, a survey by the Pew Center on the States.
Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) program identifies probationers at high risk of violating the conditions of their community supervision, and deters them from using drugs and committing crimes with frequent and random drug tests backed up by swift, certain and short jail stays.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) highlighted during his state of the state speech Jan. 20 his administration's efforts to curb state spending and promote jobs, and he promised to do more of the same.
New research on Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) program shows that HOPE probationers served or were sentenced to an average of 48 percent fewer days in jail and prison.
In 2010, the Public Safety Performance Project asked business leaders at the forefront of these efforts to participate in a question and answer session on their approach to working with policy makers on public safety issues.
The recession is taking a dramatic toll on what had been one of the fastest-growing areas of state government spending: prisons. A new survey says corrections budgets are down in at least 26 states, with prison officials laying off workers or reducing their pay, eliminating vocational and other programs for inmates and granting some prisoners early release.
This 2009 brief was part of a series of primers for policy makers about the critical choices they faced in developing strategies to improve the public safety return on taxpayer dollars.
This 2009 report explored how, at a time when states are facing historic budget deficits, state leaders can prevent a large share of the nation’s criminal activity and cut corrections costs.
New Mexico on Wednesday (March 18) became the second state-after New Jersey in 2007-to repeal the death penalty since its reinstatment by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976. But the modern landscape of capital punishment remains complex, as other states seek to reinstate or expand it and executions nationally are on track to reach their highest mark in 10 years.
Explosive growth in the number of people on probation or parole has propelled the population of the American corrections system to more than 7.3 million, or 1 in every 31 U.S. adults, according to a 2009 report.
As part of a two-state, three-campus bus tour, President Barack Obama on August 22, 2013 unveiled a plan to make student loans more affordable and to reduce the cost of higher education. "Higher education cannot be a luxury," Obama said in his speech at the State University of New York at Buffalo. “It’s an economic imperative: Every family in America should be able to afford to get it."
Between 2010 and 2011, the number of committed youth—those locked up as a result of a court-ordered sanction—fell in 43 states, according to the most recent data released by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Attorney General Eric Holder's recent remarks on curbing taxpayer spending on prisons and reducing incarceration reflect an increasing investment in research-based sentencing and corrections reforms. Several states have been working with Pew's public safety performance project to lead the way in corrections reform.
After reaching a high of 1 in 100 adults behind bars in 2008, the U.S. prison population has now declined for three consecutive years.