Tuesday December 10, 2013
Crime & Courts News
Several individuals with extensive knowledge of public health research share their conclusions about water fluoridation based on the scientific evidence.
Learn more about how dental health aide therapists (DHATs) serve Alaska’s tribal communities.
Oregon’s prison population has more than quadrupled over the past 30 years, and since 2000 the state’s imprisonment rate has risen more than three times faster than the national average.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law today comprehensive legislation that will improve the state’s juvenile justice system by reducing youth recidivism rates and cutting costs to taxpayers.
To learn more about the Public Safety Performance Project, read our 2012 FAQ.
Despite the massive increase in the size and cost of America's correctional system, the national recidivism rate remains stubbornly high.
The length of time served in prison has increased markedly over the last two decades. See state-specific data in our collection of state fact sheets.
The length of time served in prison has increased markedly over the last two decades. Prisoners released in 2009 served an average of nine additional months in custody, or 36 percent longer, than offenders released in 1990.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a set of public safety reforms into law that will make communities safer and cut corrections costs.The new bill and accompanying budget measures will help reduce Georgia's prison population and prisoner return rates.
As part of the Public Safety Performance Project's work with states to improve public safety and control corrections costs, we collaborated with two of the nation's leading polling firms to explore public opinion on sentencing and corrections issues across the country.
California's probation system has been a major driver of prison admission, but early analysis shows that an incentive program is cutting probation revocations and corrections costs.
States face a tough economic climate in the wake of the Great Recession. Sue Urahn discusses the top three challenges for states in the year ahead.
States spend $50 billion a year on corrections, yet more than four out of ten prisoners wind up back behind bars within three years of release.
Adam Gelb discussed the expansion of Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation and Enforcement (HOPE) program and, more broadly, how new evidence about what works to break the cycle of crime and imprisonment is helping states cut corrections costs and enhance public safety.
This 2011 report looked at how these tools can help officials to better identify offenders at a high risk of reoffending, while also pinpointing the types of supervision and services that are most likely to prevent future criminal behavior and slow the revolving door of America’s prisons.
Public safety reforms passed in 2011 will save the state $422 million over 10 years.
This May 2011 issue brief explored how Arizona’s innovative reforms have been able to show early signs of reducing the rate of prison growth while also making communities safer by decreasing crime by probationers.
More than four in ten offenders nationwide return to state prison within three years of their release despite a massive increase in state spending on prisons, according to this 2011 report.
The correctional landscape varies dramatically in scale, policy and practice from state to state. Pew's analysis of state level data uncovered interesting findings related to prisoner releases and rates of recidivism in the past decade.
This 2010 brief by the Pew Center on the States explored why Kentucky's prison population expanded and detailed the steps state leaders were taking to contain correction costs while protecting public safety.