Smart Reform Is Possible: States Reducing Incarceration Rates and Costs While Protecting Communities

Recent Reforms in “Tough on Crime” States Key to Promoting Public Safety and Fairness NEW YORK – Bipartisan reforms in historically “tough on crime” states have significantly reduced incarceration rates, saved taxpayers billions of dollars, lowered crime rates and should be emulated nationwide, according to a new report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union. The report, “Smart Reform is Possible: States Reducing Incarceration Rates and Costs While Protecting Communities,” underscores the need for states to enact cost-effective and evidence-based policies that save states money and combat the nation’s addiction to incarceration. The nation’s pre-trial, sentencing and parole systems have made the U.S. the largest incarcerator in the world, hitting communities of color the hardest. One in 99 adults is living behind bars in the U.S., and though whites commit crimes at comparable rates and make up a majority of the country’s population, 60 percent of prison inmates are people of color. “The ACLU has been joined in recent years by legislators and advocates from across the political spectrum in recognizing that mass incarceration is not necessary to protect public safety,” says Vanita Gupta, deputy legal director of the ACLU. “These recent reforms in traditionally ‘tough on crime’ states demonstrate that there are ways to create more rational and effective criminal justice systems that better protect our communities.” The ACLU’s report highlights six states � Continue reading: Smart Reform Is Possible: States Reducing Incarceration Rates and Costs While Protecting Communities

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Smart Reform Is Possible: States Reducing Incarceration Rates and Costs While Protecting Communities