The urgent need for these commonsense reforms should transcend partisan politics, and Sens. Grassley, Durbin, and Speaker Ryan should be commended for their leadership and support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
In 2015, the prison population fell by a little over 2 percent, with similar decreases in the jail, probation and parole populations. It marked the largest drop in the incarceration rate in over 45 years.
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.