Emptier Prisons: Inmate Population Drops for First Time in 40 Years

Publication: The Christian Science Monitor

Author: Husna Haq


07/09/2010 - Three years ago, Rhode Island's prisons were straining to house the state's booming inmate population. With cells overflowing and bed space maxed out, dozens of inmates were being housed in holding cells, Spartan quarters designed to hold prisoners for a few days.

Some inmates lived in these holding cells for days on end, sleeping on mattresses on the floor, awaiting trips to other modules for showering and using the toilet. This, even after the state launched a massive and expensive construction campaign designed to solve prior overcrowding problems.

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"More and more policymakers are realizing that new technologies and strategies are more effective and less expensive than warehousing somebody in a $30,000-a-year taxpayer-funded prison cell," says Adam Gelb, director of the public safety performance project of the Pew Center on the States.

Read the entire story Emptier Prisons: Inmate Population Drops for First Time in 40 Years on the Christian Science Monitor Web site.

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