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Leading on Public Safety

4 Governors Share Lessons Learned from Sentencing and Corrections Reform

Leading on Public Safety
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Over the past seven years, more than a dozen governors from both sides of the aisle have spearheaded research-based sentencing and corrections reforms that slow the growth of prison costs while reducing re-offense rates and keeping communities safer.  In this Q&A brief, four governors—Mike Beebe (D-AR), Nathan Deal (R-GA), Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), and Dennis Daugaard (R-SD)—discuss why and how they achieved consensus on comprehensive new policies in their states.

After nearly four decades of explosive growth in prison populations and spending, more and more states are taking important steps to rein in the size and cost of their corrections systems.

When it comes to public safety, leadership matters. In the past seven years, more than a dozen governors have spearheaded research-based sentencing and corrections reforms that slow the growth of prison costs while reducing reoffense rates and keeping communities safer.

Known as “justice reinvestment,” this approach is rooted in research about what works in corrections reform and is tailored to each state’s unique challenges.

Date:
August 6, 2013
Contacts:
Jennifer Laudano | 202.540.6321
Project:
Public Safety Performance Project
Issues:
Corrections Costs, Prison Population
State:
Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, South Dakota

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