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Wednesday 17th of July 2019

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Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2018


Nicole D. Porter
The Sentencing Project

Abstract

The United States is a world leader in incarceration rates and keeps nearly 7 million persons under criminal justice supervision. More than 2.2 million are in prison or jail, while 4.6 million are monitored in the community on probation or parole. Changes in sentencing law and policy, not changes in crime rates, have produced the nation’s high rate of incarceration. Scaling back incarceration will require changing policy and practice to reduce prison populations, intentionally address racial disparity, and eliminate barriers to reentry. In recent years a number of states have enacted reforms designed to reduce the scale of incarceration and impact of the collateral consequences of a felony conviction. This briefing paper describes key reforms undertaken in 2018.

Scope

North America - United States

Year Language

2019 English

Category Type

Publications Monograph

Keywords

Criminal, Justice, Reform

Format

Web

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