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.
We're at no risk of losing decades of progress. Crime rates nationwide currently stand at or near lows not seen since the 1960s. There have been some local increases, but it would be a mistake to overstate this change or overreact to it.
Newfound awareness of the criminal justice system’s flaws, coupled with dramatic drops in crime rates, has opened the door to more rational, nuanced thinking and a willingness to acknowledge mistakes of the past.
Anyone who watched Monday night’s presidential debate might think we’re losing the war on crime. It’s a scary notion. But it’s simply not true. New data from the Brennan Center for Justice show that crime remains near all-time lows.