STATE WORK

Starting with Texas in 2007, more than half the states have taken steps to rein in the size and cost of their corrections systems. After nearly 40 years of unabated growth, the state prison population has leveled off and the imprisonment rate is down 6 percent from its peak in 2008. Falling incarceration has coincided with continued historic drops in crime.

Pew and its partners have worked with many of these states as part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a collaboration between Pew and the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. States selected for participation have demonstrated a bipartisan commitment to using data and research to produce a better public safety return on their corrections spending.

Where We Work

Adult Reform

Alabama Kentucky
Oregon
Alaska Louisiana
Pennsylvania
Arizona
Maryland
Rhode Island
Arkansas
Michigan
South Carolina
California
Mississippi
South Dakota
Georgia
Missouri
Texas
Hawaii
Nebraska
Utah
Idaho
Nevada
Vermont
Illinois
New Jersey
West Virginia
Indiana
North Carolina
Wisconsin
Kansas
Ohio
 

Juvenile Justice

Georgia Hawaii Kentucky
South Dakota West Virginia
Fact Sheet

Growth in Federal Prison System Exceeds States'

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Fact Sheet

Between 1980 and 2013, the federal imprisonment rate increased 518 percent while annual taxpayer spending on federal prisons rose 595 percent. Prison expenditures grew from 14 percent of the Justice Department’s total outlays to 23 percent, increasingly competing for resources with law enforcement and national security programs.

Issue Brief

Oregon's 2013 Public Safety Reforms One Year Later

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Issue Brief

Anticipating substantial growth in prison population and costs, Oregon lawmakers in 2013 enacted comprehensive sentencing and corrections reform legislation (House Bill 3194). Since then, the state has stabilized its prison population and redirected nearly $58 million in savings to front-line public safety programs shown to cut crime and reduce recidivism.