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

How to End Mass Incarceration

August 22, 2017

We see no emergent institutions on the horizon today that might render prisons a thing of the past. What we see instead are examples of criminal justice systems that have continued reforming, modulating, humanizing, shrinking, and decentralizing the functions of… Read more

‘The Nearly Perfect Recidivism Machine’

July 19, 2017

There is nothing about punishment that changes the underlying conditions, disorders and deficits that the majority of criminal offenders bring into the justice system. What we have accomplished is a nearly perfect recidivism machine, placing all of us at the… Read more