In Texas, inmates sent to solitary spend an average of four years there, reported Marc Levin of the conservative criminal justice reform group Right on Crime. Texas, though, is at least reviewing its practices. That might be because isolating prisoners is expensive — costing something like twice as much as keeping them in the general prison population. Or it might be because releasing psychologically damaged people from prison can produce disastrous results.
“Jerry Madden of Right on Crime, a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, says people are sent to prison because society is afraid of or mad at them. The end result is prison overcrowding, as states do not want to take on the cost of building new facilities.”
Democratic California Senator Loni Hancock praises Texas for its conservative criminal justice reforms.
“Texas is investing in alternatives to incarceration that are proving to be cheaper and more effective at keeping people out of prison. It is also doing a better job of rehabilitating people to keep them from reoffending and ending up back in prison.
Texas and California are two great states that often see the world differently. In this case, perhaps we have something to learn from Texas.”
Adam Gelb, Director of Public Safety Performance Project at Pew Charitable Trusts, The Honorable Bill Hammond, President and CEO of Texas Association of Business, and Representatives Abel Hererro and Tan Parker of the Texas House of Representatives discuss adult corrections in the Lone Star State.
In this segment of Nebraska’s KNOP-TV, ROC policy director Marc Levin proposes three solutions for improving the state’s criminal justice system.
This article by IdahoReporter.com features Marc Levin’s suggestions for Idaho sentencing reform.
“All the research shows it is the swiftness and sureness of the sanction more than the length of time that determines the effectiveness, but some probation supervision is still stuck in the old model of letting technical violations pile up without intervening and ultimately having that probationer revoked to prison for many years.”
Alaska has been on a two-decade incarceration binge with a growth rate 4 times greater than the state’s population.
This trajectory is unsustainable: the percentage of the state budget allocated to corrections grew by 25 percent since 2008. However, through cost-effective, common sense reforms in sentencing and corrections, Alaska can reduce its reliance on costly prisons while keeping its citizens safe.
This new infographic by Right On Crime illustrates the the flaws of Alaska’s criminal justice system.
Chuck DeVore shares how Texas reduced its incarceration rate while simultaneously reducing spending — and what California can learn from the Lone Star State.
Reverend Peterson hosts TPPF’s VP of Policy Chuck DeVore on his nationally syndicated radio “The Jesse Lee Peterson Show” to talk about prison reform.
This article by Human Events relays the importance of the bipartisan prison reform policies advocated by Right On Crime and Chuck DeVore during his testimony before California’s Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review.
“In spite of Texas’ well-deserved reputation as this tough-on-crime state, and some of us would like to think perhaps because of it, the lawmakers in Texas … have seen fit to begin to innovate in the area of criminal-justice reform,” said former California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore. He is a Republican who now leads policy efforts for the Austin-based Texas Public Policy Foundation, which promotes free-markets.