Policy Options to Increase Public Safety & Manage Prison Population Growth

This policy brief provides options for Kansas policymakers interested in increasing public safety and averting the current growth projected for the state’s prison population. These options include sustaining the recent reductions in parole revocations, strengthening the community corrections and behavioral health treatment systems to reduce probation revocations, and increasing the percent of people completing programs shown to reduce their risk prior to release. This document provides descriptions of the impact that each policy would have on the prison population and provides cost estimates for the purposes of comparing the options against one another.

March 2007 | The Council of State Governments Justice Center
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