Public Safety Performance Project

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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.

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  • States Take the Lead on Juvenile Justice Reform

    Juveniles in the U.S. are much less likely to be arrested for violent crime and committed to state custody than they were 15 years ago. From 2001 to 2014, the juvenile violent crime arrest rate fell 46 percent and, over roughly the same period, the rate at which youths were sent to state-funded facilities dropped 53 percent. Read More

  • Podcast: The Story Behind the Drop in U.S. Incarceration

    Beginning in the 1970s and continuing for more than three decades, America’s prison population skyrocketed, rising to nearly five times historic levels until 1 in 100 adults were behind bars. The growth was largely the result of state laws and policies that incarcerated more people and for longer periods. But in recent years, states have embraced research-driven strategies that offer better... Read More

  • The Effects of Changing Felony Theft Thresholds

    Since 2000, at least 37 states have raised their felony theft thresholds, or the value of stolen money or goods above which prosecutors may charge theft offenses as felonies, rather than misdemeanors. Felony offenses typically carry a penalty of at least a year in state prison, while misdemeanors generally result in probation or less than a year in a locally run jail. Lawmakers have made these... Read More