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October 28, 2010

Great new Vera Institute report on how states are trying to balance tight budget and public safety

I received via e-mail blast this afternoon this helpful heads-up about a helpful new report about state corrections practices:

A report released today by the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections suggests that after decades of increases in corrections spending, states are trying something new. The Continuing Fiscal Crisis in Corrections: Setting a New Course is based on a two-part investigation that sought to gauge the current status of states’ corrections policies: Vera staff surveyed state officials about their planned corrections spending for fiscal year 2011 and reviewed states’ recent corrections-related legislative initiatives.  The results show officials planning to spend less even as they initiate changes aimed at shoring up public safety.

According to the report, two factors are driving these developments.  First, ongoing budget pressures are compelling officials to seek savings whenever safely possible.  At the same time, states are drawing on decades of research and using identified policies and practices that can be counted on to yield positive results.

The Center on Sentencing and Corrections has also created an interactive online resource highlighting data from the new report.  The page features a map and chart illustrating changes in individual states’ corrections appropriations from fiscal year 2010 to 2011, including funding sources.

Download the report.

View the interactive map and chart.

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If only more decision-makers, funding-controllers, policy-designers, and other assorted poobahs would actually implement Vera Institute recommendations, our world would be a much better place.

Posted by: Penn Hackney | Oct 28, 2010 7:31:00 PM

Nothing about the direct and collateral costs of crime. These dwarf all expenditures by several orders of magnitude. Because they are borne by dark skinned people for the most part, the heartless, racist, white lawyer hierarchy cares not a twit.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 29, 2010 6:37:19 AM

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