America's prison population skyrocketed over the past few decades, largely as a result of state laws and policies that placed more offenders behind bars and kept them there longer. But proven strategies are available that offer a better public safety return on taxpayer dollars. Pew works with states to advance data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed a comprehensive package of reforms Aug. 28 that are designed to improve the effectiveness of the state’s juvenile justice system and save the commonwealth up to $24 million over five years. The legislation, Senate Bill 200, follows successful reforms of Kentucky’s adult criminal justice system in 2011. Read More
Facing high costs and poor outcomes from its juvenile commitment policies, Hawaii enacted House Bill 2490, based on the comprehensive recommendations of the Hawaii Juvenile Justice Working Group. Read More