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Sara Mayeux

The Law Enforcement Case for Criminal Justice Reform

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It’s time to face facts about our current approach to incarceration. It’s not sustainable. It’s not affordable. And we’ve seen that it isn’t always as effective as we think in reducing crime and keeping Americans safe.

Over the last few decades, state spending on corrections has risen faster than nearly any other budget item. Yet our best research suggests that there are other, more effective ways to invest taxpayer dollars and ensure public safety.

At a cost of $60 billion a year, our prisons and jails do very little to prepare prisoners to get jobs and “go straight” after they’re released. Former offenders are often barred from housing, shunned by potential employers, and surrounded by other ex-offenders in their neighborhoods. This is a recipe for high recidivism. And it’s the reason that two-thirds of those released are rearrested within three years.

It’s time for a new approach.

Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), February 12, 2010. (h/t: Sentencing Law & Policy)

Written by sara

February 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm

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