Collectively officials in 44 states are planning to spend less on corrections systems even as they initiate changes aimed at shoring up public safety, a new report by the Vera Institute of Justice found. The study, The Continuing Fiscal Crisis in Corrections: Setting a New Course , based on a two-part investigation found that states have been pursuing legislative initiatives that include investments in evidence-based innovations for reducing the incarcerated population, such as reducing prison terms for nonviolent offenders, relaxing mandatory-minimum sentences, and creating drug courts and other problem-solving courts.
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