Public Safety Performance Project

America's prison population skyrocketed over the past few decades, largely as a result of state laws and policies that placed more offenders behind bars and kept them there longer. But proven strategies are available that offer a better public safety return on taxpayer dollars. Pew works with states to advance data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs.

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-45%

Drop in crime in States that had the largest decreases in imprisonment

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Christina Zurla

Manager, Communications

202.540.6549