The size and cost of America’s prison system has skyrocketed over the past few decades, largely as a result of laws and policies that put more offenders behind bars and keep them there longer.  Yet recidivism rates remain stubbornly high, and crime is still a major public concern.  State policymakers across the nation are asking whether soaring prison budgets are the best path to public safety; increasingly they are finding the answer is no.  Pew helps states advance fiscally sound, research-based policies and practices in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs.

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