The Public Safety Performance Project works with states to advance data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
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South Dakota’s corrections costs increased by $74 million from 1991 to 2011, but crime declined only 11 percent from 2001 and 2011. Faced with skyrocketing costs and little public safety returns on those sizable investments, state leaders examined their corrections and sentencing policies to better understand the factors shaping prison populations and driving costs. Read More
The new law will strengthen supervision and services; expand use of proven practices to reduce recidivism. Read More
More than 1 in 5 state inmates maxed out their prison terms and were released to their communities without any supervision in 2012, undermining efforts to reduce reoffending rates and improve public safety. Read More