Crime and correctional control—any court-ordered supervision of an individual, whether in the community, as with probation or parole, or in a facility, such as juvenile or adult incarceration—create substantial burdens for governments and taxpayers, as well as for people in confinement or under supervision and their families. But decades of research and state innovation have revealed a range of strategies that provide better public safety outcomes with reduced levels of correctional control.
From 2005 to 2023, The Pew Charitable Trusts and its partners conducted research, provided technical assistance to governments, and made strategic grants to advance fiscally sound, data-driven criminal and juvenile justice policies and practices that protect public safety, ensure accountability, and reduce correctional populations and costs.
Pew worked with federal, state, and local officials and community stakeholders around the country to reform prison, jail, community supervision, and juvenile justice systems. Through these strategies, Pew helped policymakers enact data-driven reforms that have delivered lasting results.