Much of the discussion about criminal justice reform in state legislatures in recent years has been motivated by the recession that hit in 2008. That was when states began looking for ways to cut budgets, often by reducing prison populations.
Nevertheless, while there have been some modest reductions in inmate populations, there is no clear trend toward smaller prisons on the horizon. More importantly, simply reducing the size of the inmate population may be fiscal reform—but it certainly is . . .
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