7 Things Lawmakers Need To Consider When Reforming Corrections Policy
12/01/2011 - State lawmakers are reforming sentencing laws and correction policies across the country. They have two key objectives: Quickly cut state spending on corrections and ensure public safety is protected in the future.
With one in 100 American adults behind bars and one in 31 under correctional supervision, many lawmakers are questioning traditional assumptions about prison and rehabilitation. Recent studies and reforms show states can be smarter on crime and easier on taxpayers. Many new policies not only look to hold offenders accountable, reduce crime and victimization, but also to be sensitive to corrections costs.
A recent NCSL work group looked at this issue and developed seven principles of effective state sentencing and corrections policies.
States that have successfully reduced the growth in prison populations and its associated costs have worked specifically on reducing the high rates of recidivism. More than 40 percent of parolees nationwide return to prison within three years for new crimes or violating the terms of their release, according to the Pew Center on the States.
Read the full article at ncsl.org.