Does This Make Sense?

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report looking at state criminal justice reforms and investments in education.  It adds to the growing consensus that “state policies, not crime levels” have been the biggest driver of rising incarceration rates.  Crime rates have risen and fallen independently of incarceration rates and arrests per crime have been stable, but the share of offenders sent to prison and the length of stays in prison for all crimes have grown significantly.

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