Addressing solely the finances of prison reform, it would cost $840 million to build new prisons that would reduce Alabama’s prison capacity of 190 percent to just 100 percent.
Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to improve public safety, reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending, and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease crime and reduce recidivism.
A wide-ranging plan to relieve overcrowding in Alabama prisons won approval in the Alabama state Senate.
Not only does the crisis in Alabama prisons threaten public safety, it also may open the door to federal courts taking over management of the prison system. This would remove control of prison policies and spending from the hands of our elected state leaders and place it in control of unelected judges.
Alabama is one of 16 states where there are more people in correctional facilities (prisons and jails) than in college housing, MetricMaps reported. The map shows a swath of red for those places with higher incarceration rates vs. blue for higher numbers in college housing.
The Alabama Justice Reinvestment Act, the state’s major prison reform effort this legislative session, is heading for a vote in the state Senate on Thursday. The goal of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, is to reduce Alabama’s prison population by sending fewer nonviolent offenders to prison, while keeping released offenders from returning to prison by providing better supervision on the outside.
From Attorney General Eric Holder to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a summit last month on criminal justice reform set out to convey a key message: The growing trend of bipartisanship in the field could make for historic change.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center delivered separate reports to Nebraska and Washington last month outlining potential policy changes as state government leaders consider making significant changes to their criminal justice systems.
During their recent State of the State addresses, governors across the country talked about criminal justice reforms in their states, including justice reinvestment, which is a data-driven approach to reduce corrections spending and reinvest a portion of the savings in strategies that can reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
A review of the composition of prison populations in three states found that drops in prison admissions, prison populations, or both, have been especially pronounced in recent years among blacks and Hispanics.
This report summarizes comprehensive analyses of sentencing, corrections, probation, and parole data presented to Alabama’s Prison Reform Task Force. It outlines strategies and policy options to reduce the prison population and recidivism in the state by strengthening community-based supervision and […]
This report summarizes comprehensive analyses of sentencing, corrections, and arrests data presented to the Washington State Justice Reinvestment Taskforce.