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August 12, 2011

New Report: Highlights from the Campaign to End Overincarceration

A new report, detailing how several states with long histories of being “tough on crime” have enacted bipartisan reforms relying on alternatives to incarceration, underscoring that reform is not only politically and fiscally viable, but that other states must also urgently follow suit. These six states – Texas, Mississippi, Kansas, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Ohio – also experienced declines in their crime rates while these new policies were in place. The report further documents ongoing reform efforts in four more states – California, Louisiana, Maryland, and Indiana – and identifies national criminal justice trends. It offers selected recommended reforms to pre-trial, sentencing, parole, and probation systems that lawmakers can enact to reduce states’ incarceration rates and corrections budgets while keeping communities safe.

Read it now!
http://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/smart-reform-possible-states-reducing-incarceration-rates-and-costs-while




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