Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Policy Brief: Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States

Policy Brief: Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States

Mauer, Marc, and Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Policy Brief: Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States, Washington, D.C.: The Sentencing Project, 2014.

“Although the pace of criminal justice reform has accelerated at both the federal and state levels in the past decade, current initiatives have had only a modest effect on the size of the prison population. But over this period, three states – New York, New Jersey, and California – have achieved prison population reductions in the range of 25%. They have also seen their crime rates generally decline at a faster pace than the national average.”

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Keywords: population, reduction, downsize, decarceration, recidivism.