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February 17, 2011

"The State of Sentencing 2010: Developments in Policy and Practice"

The title of this post is the title of this new report from the folks at The Sentencing Project.  Here is how it begins:

Today, 7.2 million men and women are under correctional supervision. Of this total, five million are monitored in the community on probation or parole and 2.3 million are incarcerated in prisons or jails.  As a result the nation maintains the highest rate of incarceration in the world at 743 per 100,000 population.

The scale of the correctional population results from a mix of crime rates and legislative and administrative policies that vary by state.  In recent years, lawmakers have struggled to find the resources to maintain state correctional systems; 46 states are facing budget deficits in the current fiscal year, a situation that is likely to continue, according to the National Governors Association.  Many states are looking closely at ways to reduce correctional costs as they seek to address limited resources.   States like Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York have successfully reduced their prison populations in recent years in an effort to control costs and effectively manage prison capacity.  Overall, prison populations declined in 24 states during 2009, by 48,000 persons, or 0.7 percent.

During 2010, state legislatures in at least 23 states and the District of Columbia adopted 35 criminal justice policies that may contribute to reductions in the prison population and eliminate barriers to reentry while promoting effective approaches to public safety.  This report provides an overview of recent policy reforms in the areas of sentencing, probation and parole, drug policy, the prison census count, collateral consequences, and juvenile justice.

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It's amazing how America's incarceration rate is among the highest in the western world, yet their crime rate isn't on decline.

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