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Behind the Times: President Obama's FY2013 Budget

Despite the fact that prison populations have fallen for the first time in 40 years, President Obama’s FY2013 budget released this week devotes more than $27 billion to prison and policing.

Wrong Track for Savings: How Florida’s prison population became a runaway train, and why better policies, not private prisons, can put the brakes on correctional costs

How Florida’s prison population became a runaway train, and why better policies, not private prisons, can put the brakes on correctional costs

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...

Crime, Incarceration Down in 2010

According to FBI Uniform Crime report data released today, violent and property crimes are down across the country while states are reducing prison populations.

System Overload: The Costs of Under-Resourcing Public Defense

The overburdening of U.S. public defense systems that serve millions of people annually is jeopardizing the fairness of our justice system.

Due South: Looking to the South for Criminal Justice Innovations

Recognizing the significant costs associated with high incarceration rates, a number of Southern states have implemented innovative strategies for reducing  prison and jail populations.

FBI: Crime Fell in 2010

According to the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report, violent and property crime is down nationally. This comes at a time when state prison populations feel and states spent less money on corrections.

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.

Addicted to Courts: How a Growing Dependence on Drug Courts Impacts People and Communities

Report investigating the phenomenon of drug courts and providing alternatives to better address substance abuse issues.

Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results

The President’s proposed FY2012 budget will do little to reduce the burden of incarceration on our country or improve community safety in a lasting and meaningful way.

When More is Less: How a Larger Women’s Jail in Baltimore will Reduce Public Safety and Diminish Resources for Positive Social Investments

Despite declines in the number of women held in the Baltimore City Detention Center, Maryland is planning to build a large, new women’s facility.

Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Spending

A review of the $2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds spent on the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

Fact Sheet on 2009 FBI Uniform Crime Report

 Crime is down in all regions of the country, according to the full 2009 Uniform Crime Report released by the FBI on September 13, 2010. The Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a Washington, D.C. based organization dedicated to justice reform, says that the economic crisis has forced policymakers to make more informed decisions on public safety strategies yielding decreases in incarceration.

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.

Factsheet on 2009 FBI Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report

Drop in crime comes as states seek ways to reduce prison populations and improve savings for state budgets.

Fact Sheet on The Obama Administration’s 2011 Budget: More Policing, Prisons, and Punitive Policies

Justice advocates disturbed by proposed $29 billion for ineffective and unfair policies.

Fact Sheet: DOJ Report on Prisoners in 2008

The Department of Justice released its annual survey of prisons this week, reporting that more than 1.6 million people are currently incarcerated in a federal or state prison. The report shows that although the growth in imprisonment is down, the number of people in prison is still increasing, up more than 12,000 people from last year.

Fact Sheet: Response to 2008 FBI Uniform Crime Report (Full)

The full 2008 FBI Uniform Crime Report was released Monday, September 14, 2009 with the positive news that the United States experienced a 1.9 percent decline in violent crimes and a 0.8 percent decline in property crimes reported in 2008. This drop in crime came at a time when the prison and jail growth rates fell from previous years.

Fact Sheet: Response to 2008 FBI Uniform Crime Report

The FBI Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report was released Monday, January 12th with the news that the United States experienced a 3.5 percent decline in the number of reported violent offenses and a 2.5 percent decline in the number of reported property offenses in the first half of 2008.

Factsheet: Response to 2007 FBI Uniform Crime Report

The FBI Uniform Crime Report was released Monday, September 15th with the news that the United States experienced a 1.4 percent decline in the violent crime rate and a 2.1 percent decline in the property crime rate in 2007. This drop in crime came at a time when the prison and jail growth rates fell from previous years.

Factsheet Series on SORNA Registries and Youth

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA)1, which mandates a national registry of people convicted of sex offenses and expands the type of offenses for which a person must register, applies to both adults and children.

Factsheet: DC Crime and Arrest Statistics

Locking up youth in adult jails is not an effective method for increasing public safety in District neighborhoods, as youth are responsible for only a small percentage of the crimes committed in D.C.

Fact Sheet: Response to 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Report

The 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Report generated concerns over a slight uptick in violent crimes. A one-year change in arrests cannot be interpreted as a “trend,” and that no single factor can explain changes in arrests across the nation, or within a jurisdiction.

Factsheet: Response to Preliminary 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Report

The 2006 Preliminary FBI Uniform Crime Report is a survey of law enforcement agencies and includes only crimes reported to those agencies.

Effective Investments in Public Safety: Mass Incarceration and Longer Sentences Fail to Make Us Safer

Places that did not increase their use of incarceration as much as others experienced bigger drops in crime.

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