WINTER 2015 CONFERENCE

The Growth of
Incarceration in the U.S.

 

Jeremy Travis, J.D.

President
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York

Jeremy Travis, J.D. served as chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration. This interdisciplinary committee, including a diverse range of expertise and perspectives, undertook an objective independent review of the research on the rates of incarceration in the U.S. to understand the impact of current incarceration rates, identify the problems associated with it, and propose evidence-based solutions.

Over the past 40 years, the U.S. has become increasingly reliant on incarceration as the major instrument for crime control. Using the best evidence and rigorous analysis, the Committee set out to understand  whether this reliance on incarceration has been effective for individuals, families, communities and society and if not, to understand the ways to address the potentially misplaced dependence on incarceration.

 

WINTER 2015 CONFERENCE

The Price of Prisons

 

Christian Henrichson

Director
Cost Benefit Unit
Vera Institute of Justice

Christian Henrichson reported to the Forum that since 1986, state prison populations in America have increased 171%, while costs have gone up 141% ($ adjusted for inflation). He noted that prison costs, as a share of total general-fund spending, have increased  by 44%. “Today, corrections represent 6.9% ($46 billion) of states’ total general fund spending ($662 billion) and 20% of state general fund spending other than Medicaid, public assistance, and education ($230 billion),” he said.

Since 1986, state prison populations in the U.S. have increased 171%, while costs have gone up  141%. Prison costs, as a share of total general fund spending, have increased by 44%.

Criminal and Social Justice

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WINTER 2015 CONFERENCE

The Growth of
Incarceration in the U.S.

 

Jeremy Travis, J.D.

President
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York

Jeremy Travis, J.D. served as chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration. This interdisciplinary committee, including a diverse range of expertise and perspectives, undertook an objective independent review of the research on the rates of incarceration in the U.S. to understand the impact of current incarceration rates, identify the problems associated with it, and propose evidence-based solutions.

Over the past 40 years, the U.S. has become increasingly reliant on incarceration as the major instrument for crime control. Using the best evidence and rigorous analysis, the Committee set out to understand  whether this reliance on incarceration has been effective for individuals, families, communities and society and if not, to understand the ways to address the potentially misplaced dependence on incarceration.

 

WINTER 2015 CONFERENCE

The Price of Prisons

 

Christian Henrichson

Director
Cost Benefit Unit
Vera Institute of Justice

Christian Henrichson reported to the Forum that since 1986, state prison populations in America have increased 171%, while costs have gone up 141% ($ adjusted for inflation). He noted that prison costs, as a share of total general-fund spending, have increased  by 44%. “Today, corrections represent 6.9% ($46 billion) of states’ total general fund spending ($662 billion) and 20% of state general fund spending other than Medicaid, public assistance, and education ($230 billion),” he said.

Since 1986, state prison populations in the U.S. have increased 171%, while costs have gone up  141%. Prison costs, as a share of total general fund spending, have increased by 44%.

Criminal and Social Justice

WINTER 2015 CONFERENCE

The Growth of
Incarceration in the U.S.

 

Jeremy Travis, J.D.

President
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York

Jeremy Travis, J.D. served as chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration. This interdisciplinary committee, including a diverse range of expertise and perspectives, undertook an objective independent review of the research on the rates of incarceration in the U.S. to understand the impact of current incarceration rates, identify the problems associated with it, and propose evidence-based solutions.

Over the past 40 years, the U.S. has become increasingly reliant on incarceration as the major instrument for crime control. Using the best evidence and rigorous analysis, the Committee set out to understand  whether this reliance on incarceration has been effective for individuals, families, communities and society and if not, to understand the ways to address the potentially misplaced dependence on incarceration.

WINTER 2015 CONFERENCE

The Price of Prisons

 

Christian Henrichson

Director
Cost Benefit Unit
Vera Institute of Justice

Christian Henrichson reported to the Forum that since 1986, state prison populations in America have increased 171%, while costs have gone up 141% ($ adjusted for inflation). He noted that prison costs, as a share of total general-fund spending, have increased  by 44%. “Today, corrections represent 6.9% ($46 billion) of states’ total general fund spending ($662 billion) and 20% of state general fund spending other than Medicaid, public assistance, and education ($230 billion),” he said.

Since 1986, state prison populations in the U.S. have increased 171%, while costs have gone up  141%. Prison costs, as a share of total general fund spending, have increased by 44%.

Criminal and Social Justice