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Arming the Courts with Research: 10 Evidence-Based Sentencing Initiatives to Control Crime and Reduce Costs

  • Organization: The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Author: Roger Warren
  • Document Type: Brief/Motion Papers
  • Date Created: Friday, May 01, 2009
  • Submitted: Friday, June 05, 2009
  • Attachment(s): PDF

For many years, conventional wisdom has been that "nothing works" to change offender behavior--that once an offender has turned to crime little acn be done to help turn his or her life around. Today, however, there is a voluminous body of solid research showing that certain "evidence-based" sentencing and corrections practices do work and can reduce crime rates as effectively as prisons at much lower cost. A comprehensive study by the Washington legislature, for example, showed that greater use of these evidence-based practices would reduce Washington's crime rate by 8 percent while saving tax payers over $2billion.

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