The Business Case for Criminal Justice Reform
We have documented the cost issues from an independent perspective that is not “soft on crime” or “tough on crime.” We are approaching the issues from a financial perspective and pointing out that we simply can’t afford to lock up every offender. In order to get this message across, we have provided testimony to our legislative committees, appeared in statewide television forums and traveled the state to share our message with local chambers and civic clubs. We’ve offered to partner with our legislators to make common-sense changes to our policies to ensure public safety and save millions being spent on corrections.
— Dave Adkisson, President and CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. From the Pew Center on the States report, Right-sizing Prisons: Business Leaders Make the Case for Corrections Reform (January 2010).