Decades of runaway prison costs and an entrenched cycle of recidivism have forced a nationwide shift—particularly in states like Texas and Alabama—from a “tough-on-crime” era to data-driven “smart-on-crime” approaches.
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Despite a prison population in Washington State that is overcapacity, statistics from the FBI indicate that the state has the nation’s highest rate of property crimes such as burglary and auto theft.
Typically, tougher enforcement of the law to deter crime adds a burden to taxpayers, who must pay more for police officers and prison beds.
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Washington is the only state with sentencing guidelines that do not provide for supervision instead of incarceration for property crime offenders.
Gov. Jay Inslee has unveiled his plan to reduce the state’s sky-high property crime rate (a problem present in Spokane) that’s based on the idea that repeat offenders should receive supervision and treatment.
A new report announced by Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday recommends Washington put more property crime offenders on supervision instead of relying exclusively on prison.
A new report announced by Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday recommends Washington put more property-crime offenders on supervision instead of relying exclusively on prison.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has announced a plan to reduce the state’s property crime rate 15 percent by 2021.
Lower-level ex-convicts in Washington State are more likely than more serious offenders to be arrested and re-imprisoned, and their histories saddle them with longer sentences that are more likely to send them to state prisons rather than local jails and to keep them there longer.
The CSG Justice Center is helping Alabama tackle prison reform and is working to reduce prison overcrowding in Nebraska and Washington.
As if school funding and mental health care didn’t generate enough concerns for next year’s legislature, now there are dire reports about Washington’s prison system.
Washington’s prison system is jampacked. Inmates are already sleeping on the floor at some prisons, and projections suggest a “tough-on-crime” approach would only make it worse.
Crime is down, way down, yet Washington prisons are busting at the seams, and prisoners are sleeping on floors.
The prison system is over capacity and, according to new research, low-level offenders are receiving harsher and less predictable sentences compared to inmates in other states.
Marshall Clement, director of State Initiatives for the CSG Justice Center, speaks to ABC News affiliate KONA Radio about the problems facing the state prison system in Washington.
Washington state’s prison system is projected to need 1,000 new beds by 2018. And that growth has Governor Jay Inslee concerned.
The state will tap the technical expertise of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Gov. Jay Inslee was joined today by a bipartisan group of state leaders to sign an executive order launching a comprehensive study of the state’s criminal justice system that will identify ways to address growing pressures on the prison system and boost public safety.