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A Matter of Time: The Causes and Consequences of Rising Time Served in America’s Prisons

urban instituteThis interactive online feature from the Urban Institute provides an analysis of prison population demographics and examines the causes and consequences of the rising lengths of time served. The project illustrates why solutions to mass incarceration must consider not only how many people go to prison, but how long they stay there, and argues that the conversation around reform must begin to include people convicted of serious offenses. It also outlines policy recommendations that incorporate the use of restorative programs, access to reentry services, and supervised release.