By improving the contracts with private prisons and changing the incentives, we can make them more accountable and hopefully more effective in curbing the endless cycle of arrests and incarceration that plague our criminal justice system.
Our new report shows nearly 40% of America’s prisoners could be released with little to no risk to public safety. These are people who shouldn’t have gone to prison in the first place, or have already served sufficient time.
With a new administration soon to be in the White House, it is unclear what the next four years hold for federal criminal justice reform efforts. Despite this, two notable measures moved forward in Washington last week.