Report Sees Safe Way To Reduce Philadelphia Jail Population


Philadelphia’s prison population can be reduced without jeopardizing public safety if policymakers find ways to keep low-level offenders awaiting trial out of jail and continue to streamline the criminal-justice process, a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts says. In its study, “Philadelphia’s Crowded, Costly Jails: The Search for Safe Solutions,” Pew found that the increase in county inmates from 1999 to 2008 was driven largely by the number of men and woman incarcerated while awaiting trial–and not by convicted criminals, according to the city’s Daily News.

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