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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WASHINGTON—Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law today comprehensive juvenile justice legislation that will increase public safety, improve outcomes for young offenders, protect public safety, and reduce costs for taxpayers. The legislation, Senate Bill 367, is expected to reduce the number of youth sent to out-of-home facilities by more than half and save $72 million over the next... Read More
Join The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington and via live webcast Oct. 1, 2015, to hear Utah Governor Gary Herbert and a panel of Utah leaders discuss the sentencing and corrections legislation they enacted this year to halt prison growth and deliver a greater public safety return on the state’s corrections spending. Read More
The federal prison population has grown nearly 800 percent since 1980 as lawmakers created new criminal penalties, mandated longer sentences and abolished parole. During this period, federal inmates' average time served increased from 15.9 months to 40.1. Taxpayers now spend $6.7 billion each year on federal prisons, with corrections costs growing twice as fast as all other Justice Department... Read More