Why We Ended Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Colorado

October 13, 2017

Rick Raemisch is the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. When he began his role in 2013, there were still over 700 inmates in solitary, some of whom had been there for years. Approximately half of them were… Read more

Want less crime? Put fewer people in jail

September 15, 2017

Recent studies show that even short stays in jail can spur a significant increase in a person’s likelihood to reoffend, while longer detentions correlate with even greater odds of recidivism. Overall crime rates are lower than they have been in decades, but the rate of… Read more

Pew Public Safety Performance Project summarizes JRI reforms

August 30, 2017

In a recent report the Pew Public Safety Performance Project summarized reforms undertaken as part of a decade-long effort by the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), in which 36 states have enacted laws implementing research-based changes to their sentencing, release, oversight, and supervision policies…. Read more

Cash for Leaving Prison: A New Solution to Recidivism?

August 25, 2017

We must address the poverty that underlies criminal recidivism if we want to reduce the number of people in US prisons and jails. By addressing head-on the financial troubles of people leaving incarceration, we may be able to accelerate their… Read more