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JPI Daily News Digest 6/29/12

Criminal Justice News of the Day for June 29, 2012

JPI Daily News Digest 6/13/12

Criminal justice news of the day from June 13, 2012.

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.

Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies

Report examining how private prison companies wield influence over legislators and policy, ultimately resulting in harsher criminal justice policies and the incarceration of more people.

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.

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.

Pruning Prisons: How Cutting Corrections Can Save Money and Protect Public Safety

Federal, state and local governments are spending a combined $68 billion dollars a year on a system that does not definitively improve public safety, but, instead, destabilizes communities, harms families, and derails the lives of individuals.

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.

Fact Sheet: Percent Change in Incarceration and Crime Rates - State by State 1994-2004

Percent Change in Incarceration and Crime Rates, 1998-2007

Tipping Point: Maryland's Overuse of Incarceration and the Impact on Public Safety

This policy brief highlights the large number of people being removed from Maryland communities and its impact on public safety.

Race & Imprisonment in Texas: Policy Brief

America's criminal justice policies have had a disproportionate impact on African Americans, Latinos and other communities defined as non-White.

Racial Divide: California's 3 Strikes Law

California’s Three Strikes law has been plagued with questions about racial fairness since the beginning.

3 Strikes & You're Out: An Examination of the Impact of Strikes Laws 10 years after their Enactment

In 1993, the state of Washington passed the nation's first "Three Strikes and You're Out" law by voter initiative.

Swing States: Crime, Prisons and the Future of the Nation

There are nearly 7 million people under correctional supervision in America, more people than in our eight least populous states combined. Organized differently, these people would have 16 votes in the United States Senate.

Still Striking Out: Ten Years of California’s Three Strikes

While other states’ “Three Strikes” laws only applied to serious or violent offenses, California’s required sentences to be doubled for any felony.

Race and Incarceration in Maryland

This policy brief will paint a general picture of the scale of overrepresentation of minorities in the state’s prison system, focusing particularly on the overrepresentation of African Americans among the state’s drug prisoner population.

Observations and Options for Relieving Overcrowding Among Alabama Female Prisoners

Even after paroling over 300 female prisoners this spring and sending 300 female prisoners to private prisons out of state, the prison facilities for female prisoners in Alabama are still operating at about 173% of their capacity.

Deep Impact: Quantifying the Effect of Prison Expansion in the South

From 1980 to 2002, the number of people incarcerated in the nation’s prisons, jails, juvenile facilities and detention centers quadrupled in size—from roughly 500,000 to 2.1 million people.

Too Little Too Late: President Clinton's Prison Legacy

The latest criminal justice statistics show that it was actually Democratic President Bill Clinton who implemented arguably the most punitive platform on crime in the last two decades.

America's One Million Nonviolent Prisoners

Most of the growth in America’s prisons since 1978 is accounted for by nonviolent offenders and 1998 is the first year in which America’s prisons and jails incarcerated more than 1 million nonviolent offenders.

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