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9/22 The September Pew Public Safety Performance Project Articles

State Prison Populations Drop 14% in 2020

How did probation and parole violations affect prison populations during—and before—the pandemic? New research has the answer, and more. Take a look.  CSG Justice Center


Longer Parole, Probation Sentences Aren’t Helping

Fewer people were incarcerated due to technical violations of probation and parole during the pandemic. However, they’re still major drivers of prison admissions—especially when supervision terms are longer than needed.


Articles from other publications

New Study Finds Crowded Jails Seeded Millions of COVID-19 Cases

Equal Justice Initiative


Black Students and Those With Disabilities Face Harsher Police Discipline

USA Today


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8/21  Another set of Pew Public Safety Performance Project articles

Racial Gaps in Juvenile Detention Narrowed Overall

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Despite nationwide progress on inequities in juvenile detention, racial disparities grew in some states. In North Carolina and California, for example, the detention gap between Native American and white juveniles widened.


Small but Growing Group Incarcerated For a Month or More Has Kept Jail Populations High

According to a running census across 254 counties by the Public Safety Lab at New York University, the number of people in jail dropped 29% from March 1 to May 1. Almost 85% of physical jail space is taken up by the 21% of people incarcerated for a month or more. Safely shortening jail stays saves limited taxpayer dollars—while protecting public safety.


Widespread Problems Documented in PA Juvenile System

A task force found that kids as young as 10 have been put into adult prisons in Pennsylvania. Most are there for petty misdemeanors or inability to pay a court fine—and Black boys face the harshest punishments.


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7/28    More From the Pew Public Safety Performance Project

How Pennsylvania Can Improve Juvenile Justice

A new report from a Pennsylvania task force—which received technical assistance from Pew—lays out 35 ways the state can improve its juvenile justice system. Among them: diverting from court more kids with low-level cases.


Decreasing the Jail Population Doesn’t Mean Less Safety, New Study Finds

The study’s findings, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, indicate that reducing jail populations did not increase crime. In some places, crime decreased.

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California Moves to Phase Out Its State-run Youth Prisons

California is phasing out its state-run youth prisons and shifting the responsibility to counties, 162 years after lawmakers created the first alternative to housing children as young as 12 alongside adults in San Quentin and Folsom state prisons.

Advocates said the move reflects their belief that children who commit crimes can be reformed and are better served when held closer to their homes.

But supporters and skeptics said there is plenty of uncertainty ahead as the three remaining state-run lockups stop admissions Thursday and close in 2023. Oversight of juvenile offenders will shift from the state corrections department to the California Health and Human Services Agency.

That change in mindset “has a lot of potential to be far more effective,” said Jessica Heldman, a juvenile justice expert at the University of San Diego School of Law, “as well as of course make communities safer” by having the needs of the youthful offenders identified and met so they can be reformed.

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New book by ACJRca member, Lois Davis, RAND Corp.

What Corrections Officials Need to Know to Partner with Colleges to Implement College Programs in Prisons

Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest at the federal and state levels in expanding higher education in prisons, particularly expansions that offer a path to degrees or industry-recognized credentials. This tool aims to provide guidance on key questions about in-prison college programs and help corrections officials in assessing such opportunities and partnering with colleges to implement an in-prison college program.

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From the Pew Public Safety Performance Project

Juvenile Justice Reform Effort Kicks Off in PA

A bipartisan task force to reform Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system convened for the first time earlier this month. Over the next year, the group will meet monthly to examine how to improve youth outcomes.

Louisiana Reform Savings Go to Essential Programs

Two years after enacting landmark criminal justice reforms, tens of millions in savings are being reinvested in victims’ services and efforts to reduce recidivism. Louisiana’s criminal justice reforms helped reduce the prison population by 9 percent and the community-supervised population by 12 percent. Now, the Ford Foundation tells the story of the people who made it happen


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