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Federal Folly: FY2012 U.S. Department of Justice Budget Gorges on Prisons, Gouges Juvenile Justice

The proposed 2012 budget for the U.S. Department of Justice puts locking people up ahead of reducing delinquency, protecting youth, and improving outcomes for the formerly incarcerated. 

When Treatment is Punishment: The Effects of Maryland's Incompetency to Stand Trial Policies and Practices

In FY2010, the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration provided 789 pretrial screenings and evaluations for incompetency to stand trial, 77 percent of which were for the District Courts...

Finding Direction: Expanding Criminal Justice Options by Considering Policies of Other Nations

Amidst a fiscal crisis and dropping crime rates, policymakers in the U.S. ought to consider looking outside its borders for examples of effective criminal justice policies.

Shifting the Problem: Fact Sheet on Proposed California Community Corrections Enhancement Act
California’s Prison Reduction Plan Will Overburden Counties; Misses the Mark.
Shifting prison population to jails will increase costs and incarceration rates.
For Immediate Release: How to Safely Reduce Prison Populations and Support People Returning to Their Communities

Reducing prison populations and maintaining public safety can both be accomplished while allowing state taxpayers to save money with more effective programs, group says.

The Release Valve: Parole in Maryland

In the current difficult economic situation, states are searching for ways to reduce spending while maintaining safe communities. With a $68 billion prison system holding over 2.3 million people in prisons and jails across the country—with no clear public safety gains—policymakers are looking to prison systems as a place to cut budgets.

Judging Maryland: Baltimore Judges on Effective Solutions to Working with Substance Abusers in the Criminal Justice System

In 2004, Maryland lawmakers enacted a set of reforms designed to expand options available to judges, prosecutors, and the state’s parole commission for placing addicted defendants in community-based treatment rather than prison.

Effective Investments in Public Safety: Drug Treatment

Whereas in 1980 only about 8% of federal and state prisoners were incarcerated for a drug offense, in 2003, 55 percent of the federal prison population and 20 percent of prisoners in state facilities were incarcerated for drug offenses.

Cost-Effective Youth Corrections: Rationalizing the Fiscal Architecture of Juvenile Justice Systems

A number of states have shown that by rethinking how they fund their juvenile justice systems, states and localities can succeed in keeping more youth at home, reduce the number of youth incarcerated, and promote better outcomes for young people moving through these systems.

New York City's Alternative Incarceration Programs: Cut Crime, Cut Costs and Help People and Communities

Alternative to Incarceration Programs (ATIs) are an integral part of the strategy that has allowed the City to reduce crime, reduce jail and prison populations, and help individuals and neighborhoods across the City.

Effective Methods of Reducing Youth in Secure Placements

JPI was asked to provide recommendations as to how youth in institutional custody, particularly those with low risk-assessment scores, could be safely managed in the community.

Treatment or Incarceration: National and State Findings on the Efficacy and Cost Savings of Drug Treatment Versus Imprisonment

This policy brief will survey research that shows that, on the whole, providing drug offenders with treatment is a more cost-effective way of dealing with substance addicted drug and nonviolent offenders than prison.

Treatment or Incarceration: National and State Findings on the Efficacy and Cost Savings of Drug Treatment Versus Imprisonment

This policy brief will survey research that shows that, on the whole, providing drug offenders with treatment is a more cost-effective way of dealing with substance addicted drug and nonviolent offenders than prison.

Community Corrections in Ohio-Cost Savings and Program Effectiveness

Commuity corrections programs are generally cheaper, because they entail shorter periods of control, but are also thought to be more effective than residential prisons and jails in reducing future criminal behavior.

Returning Adult Offenders in DC: A Road Map to Neighborhood Based Reentry

This report seeks to determine the extent to which D.C. residents and criminal justice policymakers favor deepening and expanding the pool of community-based services for the supervision and treatment of D.C. offenders.

Studies on Halfway Houses

As housing value trends show, actual sale prices have continued to rise in neighborhoods within the District where halfway houses operate.

Half-Truths:The Complicated Story of D.C.'s Halfway House "Escapees"

In an analysis of escapees from DC halfway housesm, we discovered a mixture of legitimate concerns, crossed lines of authority, and scanty data. However, we also found errors that undermine the picture painted of what is happening in our halfway houses.

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