Report Shows Shift From Prison to Community Correction Reduces Spending Without Negative Impact on Public Safety
Date:  09-25-2012

From 2009 to 2010 greatest decrease found
The Vera Institute’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections in partnership with the Pew Center on the States’ Public Safety Performance Project have issued a new report Realigning Justice Resources: A Review of Population and Spending Shifts in Prison and Community Corrections. The complete report can be read by clicking on the link below.

Highlights taken from the report include:

Prison

  • one-third of states that responded to Vera’s survey re¬ported that their prison populations generally decreased or remained steady;

  • two-thirds reported increases in their prison population; and

  • 83 percent reported increases in prison expenditures, with an average increase of 6.9 percent.

    However, examining only the shorter period from 2009 to 2010:

  • nearly two-thirds of responding states saw a decline in prison expenditures;

  • nearly half witnessed a decline in prison populations; and

  • one-third witnessed a decline in both prison population and expenditures

    Community Corrections

  • nearly half of states that responded to Vera’s survey (46 percent) reported increases in their community corrections populations; and

  • three-quarters saw overall increases in spending on com¬munity corrections.

    However, examining only the shorter period from 2009 to 2010:

  • a little more than half of responding states witnessed a decrease in their community corrections populations; and

  • nearly two-thirds of states reported decreases in community corrections spending.
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