Category: incarceration rates

Sep 20

Justice Reinvestment Task Force Continues Review of Criminal Justice System

KMIZ/ABC By Sara Maslar-Donar JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s incarceration rate is the eighth highest in the nation, and according to state data, it’s not losing that rank anytime soon. According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri’s population growth is projected to grow 5 percent in the next five years. Under current trends, MDOC will …

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Jul 12

Task Force Delves into Missouri Prison Data

News Tribune By Tyler Wornell Analyzing data could be the key to effectively reforming Missouri’s criminal justice system, which has the eighth-highest incarceration rate in the nation. That will be the goal of the Justice Reinvestment Task Force — established by Gov. Eric Greitens via executive order June 30 — as it uses a data-driven …

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May 08

Levin: Texas Should Close Prisons, but Strengthen Alternatives

Houston Chronicle By Marc Levin Texas has gained national acclaim for closing prisons while achieving declines in crime that exceed the national drop. Since 2005, crime has fallen 33.4 percent in Texas while the incarceration rate has declined 16.6 percent. How did it happen? In 2005, the state launched a grant program whereby probation departments …

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Mar 31

Conservatives Are Leading the Way as States Enact Criminal Justice Reform

Slate By Brandon L. Garrett The United States incarcerates its citizens at a higher rate than any other country in the world, but over the past few years, there’s finally been some progress. Rates of incarceration have finally begun to decline, mostly due to sweeping changes made in progressive states like California, New Jersey, and …

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