Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons & Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing Recidivism

Testimony

Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons & Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing Recidivism

Testimony before the Committee on Judiciary, United States Senate
November 6, 2013

Abstract

In this testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Justice Policy Center Director Nancy La Vigne presents the findings from a new Urban Institute report in which the authors project the population and cost savings impact of a variety of strategies designed to reduce the inmate population without compromising public safety. They find that the most effective approach is a combination of strategies, including early release for current prisoners and reducing the length of stay for future offenders, particularly those convicted of drug trafficking.

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