Over the past 25 years, state spending on corrections has skyrocketed nationally—from $12 billion in 1988 to more than $53 billion in 2013. It is estimated that data from 2014 will show an additional increase of 4 percent, raising the figure to approximately $55.5 billion. This cost puts a serious strain on many states’ criminal justice systems, often placing concerns about the bottom line in competition with public safety. Strategies tested in many states, however, show there are effective ways to address the challenge of containing rising corrections costs while also increasing public safety.
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