Pew on the Hill: New Testimony on Public Safety


Adam Gelb, Director of the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States, was on Capitol Hill May 11, testifying before a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee about the state of the American criminal justice system. With 1 out of 100 Americans behind bars, Gelb testified that five states now spend more money on incarceration than they do on higher education, but that the success of some states in reducing incarceration rates “firmly debunk[s] the notion that if imprisonment goes down, crime will go up.” Gelb praised efforts at “justice reinvestment” and the HOPE Probation program, and asked Congress to support them.

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