Jail Populations Drop 18% in ‘Safety and Justice Challenge’ Sites Over 3 Years: Study

The average daily population in jails identified as pilot sites for reducing inmate numbers declined by 18 percent in the first three years of the program, according to a report released Tuesday by the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge. People of color, however, continued to be overrepresented in the jail population, the report found.


How For-Profit Companies Fuel ‘Cash Register Justice’

Contracting out alternative sentencing programs to private companies is an increasingly attractive option for cash-strapped local governments. But it also saddles thousands of low-income offenders with spiraling debt that can send them to prison if they can’t pay, writes an Oregon law professor.


Jail Spending Soars to $25B, Admissions Down: Study

The amount of money taxpayers pay to operate America’s 3,000 jails has risen faster than the increase in spending on all other county and municipal services combined―even though jail populations have been declining for the past decade, according to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts.