Improving Budget Analysis of State Criminal Justice Reforms: A Strategy for Better Outcomes and Saving Money

Document Date: January 11, 2012
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Across the nation, state governments are mired in economic crisis. Over 40 states had billions in budget shortfalls last year. With this grave reality in mind, this report, Improving Budget Analysis of State Criminal Justice Reforms, details how a change to the way states perform cost evaluations of legislation could help alleviate the strain. It explains how enacting certain criminal justice reforms will significantly reduce states’ runaway spending on prisons…

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