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November 15, 2007

Big event and report urging reforms to reduce prison populations

I just got via e-mail a press advisory entitled "Major Report Calls for Significant Reductions in U.S. Prison Population."  Here are highlights from the advisory:

WHAT: Forum to Release "Unlocking America: Why and How to Reduce America's Prison Population"

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 19, 9:30-11a.m.

WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor,Washington, D.C...

A major report examining America's exploding prison system population will be released on Nov. 19 at the National Press Club.  The report, co-authored by nine leading criminology and penal experts, recommends significant reforms to the criminal justice system in order to reduce the prison population. Recommendations include reducing length of stay in prison and eliminating prison time for technical parole and probation violations.  The National Press Club event will include a panel discussion with experts from the corrections, sentencing, academic and public policy fields, moderated by nationally syndicated columnist Clarence Page...

The report is being released by the JFA Institute, a Washington nonprofit organization focused on research-based solutions to criminal justice issues.

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I very much hope this gets the widespread publicity, discussion and attention that it deserves, especially in those places of legislation that need to act upon the report's recommendations.

Posted by: peter | Nov 15, 2007 3:39:46 PM

Over half of those admitted to prison in Iowa during FY2006 were for revocations of probation, parole and work release. It takes repeated and flagrant violations to be revoked and it is quicker and less expensive to revoke than to prosecute a new charge so I don't think that many of them are really technical violations even though they seem to be.

People ask me if there are people in prison who should not be there? Over two thousand of the nearly 9,000 prison inmates are there because their probation was revoked after the judge decided they did not need to be in prison. They should not be there but they made bad choices and put themselves in prison.

Posted by: John Neff | Nov 15, 2007 7:26:26 PM

"They should not be there but they made bad choices and put themselves in prison." - John Neff

There will always be an element of this, but the State has a duty, unfilled, to mitigate against this likelihood by positive intervention - see:
for "Education = Less Recidivism" and
"Fewer $$$ for Treatment = More Recidivism"

References courtesy of capitaldefenseweekly.com/

Posted by: peter | Nov 16, 2007 3:27:56 AM

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