By CSG Justice Center Staff
On behalf of the U.S. Action Network, Public Opinion Strategies conducted a survey of 500 Pennsylvania voters about the state’s criminal justice system in January 2017. Respondents included Republicans and Democrats from urban, suburban, and rural parts of the state. Key findings from the survey include:
- 84 percent of respondents believe that preventing recidivism is more important than the length of time someone spends in prison.
- 90 percent of respondents support a policy to reduce costly prison time for people convicted of low-level, nonviolent offenses and reinvest some of those savings in a stronger, more cost-effective probation and parole system that holds people accountable for their crimes.
- 92 percent of respondents strongly support reducing expensive prison release delays by moving certain people onto supervision and into treatment programs after serving their minimum sentence.
Read the complete survey results here.