Pew provides nonpartisan research, analysis, and assistance to state and federal officials to develop criminal and juvenile sentencing and corrections policies that will reduce reoffending and cut costs. The project does not advocate preset solutions, but rather works in partnership with policy leaders and stakeholders to develop data-driven policy options based on analysis of each state’s or jurisdiction’s particular challenges and lessons learned from other states.

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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.

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How Six States Enacted Corrections Reforms

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Six state legislative leaders reflect on how they successfully enacted comprehensive sentencing and corrections reforms using a bipartisan, interbranch working group and focusing on data and research to craft policies that met their unique challenges.

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.