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.

Research & Analysis

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  • Federal Drug Sentencing Laws Bring High Cost, Low Return

    More than 95,000 federal prisoners are serving time for drug-related offenses—up from fewer than 5,000 in1980.1 Changes in drug crime patterns and law enforcement practices played a role in this growth, but federal sentencing laws enacted during the 1980s and 1990s also have required more drug offenders to go to prison— and stay there much longer—than three decades ago.2 (See... Read More

  • Victims' Voices for Reform

    In a growing number of states, crime victims and survivors are actively participating in the development of sentencing and corrections policies and funding decisions to help prevent others from being victimized. The reforms, many of which are part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), use data-driven strategies to hold offenders accountable, control costs, and protect public safety. In... Read More

  • Sheriffs Back Effective Adult and Juvenile Sentencing and Corrections Policies

    The National Sheriffs Association (NSA) has adopted two resolutions to support the use of data-driven policies in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The organization, which represents more than 3,000 sheriffs in all 50 states, endorsed reforms that prioritize costly incarceration for serious offenders while expanding alternatives for lower-level offenders. Both resolutions are aimed at... Read More

Media Contact

Darienne Gutierrez

Senior Associate, Communications

202.540.6713