Public Safety Performance Project

The Public Safety Performance Project conducts and publishes groundbreaking research that sheds light on key criminal and juvenile corrections trends and highlights policies and practices that demonstrate better outcomes at less cost.

Research & Analysis

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  • Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration

    A growing body of research demonstrates that for many juvenile offenders, lengthy out-of-home placements in secure corrections or other residential facilities fail to produce better outcomes than alternative sanctions. Read More

  • Juvenile Justice Research

    Through research and evaluation, the juvenile justice field has identified a set of policies and practices for lower-level offenders that costs far less than secure facilities and is effective at putting them on a path to productive citizenship. The public safety performance project conducts and publishes research that shines a spotlight on these evidence-based approaches and helps inform... Read More

  • Federal Prison System Shows Dramatic Long-Term Growth

    From 1980 to 2013, the number of offenders incarcerated in federal prisons increased from approximately 24,000 to more than 215,000, making the federal system the largest in the nation. Policy choices contributed significantly to this expansion as lawmakers added criminal laws to the books, lengthened sentences, and abolished parole. Read More

Media Contact

Darienne Gutierrez

Senior Associate, Communications