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The Pew Charitable Trust: Public Safety Performance Project


As part of a collaborative effort to improve the nation’s community corrections system, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation analyzed the leading research and identified the…


The share of people who return to state prison three years after being released—the most common measure of recidivism—dropped by nearly a quarter over a recent seven-year period, according to an analysis…




Article summaries from The Crime Report of the Center for Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College (

Solitary Used More Often for Inmates with Mental Illness: Study

The odds that mentally troubled prisoners will be sent to solitary confinement for misconduct are 36 percent higher than for those without mental illness, according to a University of Massachusetts study of data from a 2004 national survey. Read More

Residential Facilities for Incarcerated Youth Have Decreased: Study

A new study released by Pew Public Safety Performance Project found that the number of residential facilities holding youth in custody within the juvenile justice system fell 42 percent nationwide between 2000 and 2016—largely because fewer juveniles have been arrested. Read More

Despite NH Loss, Support Growing for Death Penalty Repeal

A majority of lawmakers in New Hampshire voted on Thursday in support of abolishing the death penalty, but fell two votes shy of overriding Governor Chris Sununu’s veto of a repeal bill. Despite the outcome, observers and abolitionists say support for the cause is at a new high in the state, and continues to gain traction around the country. Read More

Seizing a Second Chance: An Ex-Inmate Brings Hope Back to Her Community

Karen Loftin was a drug addict and prostitute who served 16 years in prison. Today, at 52, she’s working towards a masters degree at Syracuse University while helping other former incarcerees rebuild their lives. Read More

Can ‘Preventive Detention’ Replace Money Bail?

Under a new law that went into effect this month, New Hampshire judges can no longer keep individuals accused of low-level offenses behind bars just because they can’t afford to pay cash bail. But reformers who welcome the “culture shift” also worry about a companion rule allowing those considered public safety threats to be held in “preventive” custody. Read More



Article summaries from The Crime Report of the Center for Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College (

Why Did the National Prison Strike Float Under the Nation’s Radar?

Although inmates in just 16 states reportedly participated in the prison strike that began last month, their complaints deserve a better national hearing than they received, prison reformers tell The Crime Report. Read More

Sex Trafficking: Can Private Investigators Fill Gaps Left By Police?

In Part Two of our investigation of America’s sex trafficking crisis, TCR finds a burgeoning “niche” industry of private nonprofit groups—many comprised of ex-cops or military operatives—who operate outside law enforcement. One former FBI agent maintains that if such groups didn’t exist, the picture would be a lot grimmer. Read More

Five States Prove that ‘Substantial’ Cuts in Prison Populations Are No Pipe Dream

It doesn’t matter if you’re red or blue. If you’re willing to adopt—and pay for—evidence-based reforms, you can match the achievements of Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and South Carolina over the past decade, according to The Sentencing Project. Read More

How to Address Jail Overcrowding: Rethink Who Goes in Them

A special “population review team” in Ohio’s Lucas County explores ways of reducing jail time for new or low-level offenders. “Maybe jail isn’t the right place” for many of them, explains Gene A. Zmuda, a common pleas court judge. Read More

Youth Need Community-Based Treatment, Not Jails: Study

Treating youth convicted of a crime within the community is far more beneficial than incarcerating them, a new study released by the Justice Policy Institute finds. The authors say communities are safer and more economically stable when youth offenders are diverted to community-based supervision programs. Read More



Recent Articles/Reports from the Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project (

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Fewer People Returning to Prison

The recidivism rate within three years of release declined by nearly a quarter over a recent seven-year period.


From “Lock ‘em up to Juvenile Justice Advocate

Greg Smith—law enforcement officer, crime victim, teacher, and juvenile justice champion—shares how his unique experience shaped his views on improving outcomes for young people.


Recidivism Proves Expensive for Illinois

The cost of each reconviction in the state rose 30 percent over the last three years, a new report finds. However, recidivism is down overall in Illinois since 2015.

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