Corrections and Public Safety

Fiscally sound, evidence-based research is critical to helping states advance policies and practices in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control corrections costs. By examining the overall impact of corrections policies on state budgets, we aid states in improving public safety return on taxpayer dollars.

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Latest Report

Risk-Needs Assessment 101: Science Reveals New Tools to Manage Offenders
Over the past few decades, experts have developed and refined risk/needs instruments to measure the likelihood of an individual returning to crime, violence or drug use. These tools can help officials to better identify offenders at a high risk of reoffending, while also pinpointing the types of supervision and services that are most likely to prevent future criminal behavior and slow the revolving door of America’s prisons.

September 2011 | Public Safety Performance Project | Full Report (PDF)


Featured Research

Pew has released landmark reports on prison population and the resulting demands on state
budgets, including: One in 100One in 31 and State of Recidivism.

   One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008          1 in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections              Prison Count 2010: State Population Declines for First time in 38 Years 

Corrections Research by Topic

Prison Population                        Community Supervision                             Probation & Parole                       Fiscal Impact                                    Sentencing & Courts 

Corrections Experts

Adam Gelb, director, Public Safety Performance Project
Richard Jerome, project manager, Public Safety Performance Project
Jake Horowitz, project manager, Public Safety Performance Project

Related Initiatives

Public Safety Performance Project

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