The Public Strongly Supports Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration

Polling and surveys on the criminal justice system and reform efforts

The Public Strongly Supports Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration

Voters’ top priority is keeping communities safe, but large majorities also believe that the nation imprisons too many people for too long.  A body of national- and state-level public opinion research dating to 2010 has found overwhelming support across political parties, regions, ages, genders, and racial/ethnic groups for policy changes that shift nonviolent offenders from prison to more effective, less expensive alternatives.

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