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Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections

In its first meeting, the bipartisan panel charged with examining challenges in the federal corrections system will discuss the key issues facing the criminal justice system related to prison costs, overcrowding, and population growth.

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Colson Task Force

The Justice Policy Center (JPC) conducts nonpartisan research and evaluation to improve justice and public safety policies and practices at the national, state, and local levels. We collaborate extensively with practitioners, public officials, and community groups to inform criminal justice decisionmaking in the interests of improving the safety and well-being of communities across the country.

California's Prop 47 passed. Now what?

Prop 47 reclassifies certain felonies as misdemeanors in an effort to reduce mass incarceration. But truly reducing prison populations will require more than just reforms to drug and property offenses. Read More

What you should know about the cost of rape exams

Rape victims are often faced with large bills after undergoing medical forensic exams. Who pays for rape exams and how do policies differ by state? Read More

There's more than one way to measure recidivism

Rearrest and reconviction are two of the most common measures of recidivism, but four other useful metrics should also be adopted. Read More

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