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On the Chopping Block: State Prison Closings (The Sentencing Project)

  • Organization: The Sentencing Project
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Friday, August 05, 2011
  • Submitted: Friday, August 05, 2011
  • Attachment(s): PDF

Briefing paper by The Sentencing Project highlights the recent trend of state prison closures reversing 40 years of record prison expansion. The report finds that at least 13 states have closed or are considering closing correctional facilities in 2011. It attributes the closures to fiscal budget pressures and recent policy changes in sentencing and juvenile incarceration which have reduced the prison population

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