Pew Findings Provide First 50-State Comparison of Corrections Populations and Costs

Contact: Jessica Riordan, 215.575.4886 or Janet Lane, 202.552.2037

Washington, DC - 02/23/2009 - A report from the Pew Center on the States, to be released Monday, March 2, looks across the 50 states to detail the size and growth of both the prison population and offenders under probation or parole supervision in the community. The report, a follow-up to last year’s One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008, also provides the first state-by-state trend data on what states spend on prisons versus community corrections.

As states struggle to find ways to further stretch their budgets, the Pew report analyzes innovative solutions that can reduce recidivism and cut corrections costs, and highlights states that are devising effective strategies.

WHAT: Release of Pew Center on the States report on the size and cost of the American corrections system, which includes:

  • New data that ranks states by the proportion of their adult populations that are behind bars or under community supervision;
  • A breakdown of state corrections spending on prisons, probation and parole over the past 25 years, the first data of this kind available since 2002;
  • Fact sheets that provide corrections population and cost data for each state;
  • A series of policy recommendations with case studies that states can use to strengthen their corrections systems, cut costs and reduce crime.
WHEN:  11:00 a.m. EST, Monday, March 2, 2009

Susan Urahn, managing director, Pew Center on the States
Adam Gelb, director, Public Safety Performance Project, Pew Center on the States
To RSVP contact Jessica Riordan at 215-575-4886 or

Launched in 2006 as a project of Pew's Center on the States, the Public Safety Performance Project seeks to help states advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs. 

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