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Tennessee’s new vision for public safety has lessons for criminal justice reform nationwide

As the 2016 legislative session gets underway in states across the nation, it’s a hopeful time for those who support criminal justice policy rooted in a holistic vision of public safety that embraces not only efficiency, but also justice, compassion, and a commitment to human dignity. In Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam has announced his second-term...

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  • Rebecca  Silber
    Rebecca Silber
February 12, 2016
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Report of the Vera Institute of Justice to the Tennessee Governor's Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism

Recommendations to the Public Safety Subcabinet

While the national prison population has begun to decline—and states around the country have achieved reductions in their prison populations, their recidivism rates, and their crime rates—Tennessee’s imprisonment rate has climbed 256 percent since 1981, its prison population grew by 0.4 percent in 2013, and its violent crime rate ranks among the to...

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  • Christine Herrman, Rebecca Silber, Sara Sullivan, Elena Vanko, Jessa Wilcox
August 13, 2015
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The Price of Jails

Measuring the Taxpayer Cost of Local Incarceration

Jails are far more expensive than previously understood, as significant jail expenditures—such as employee benefits, health care and education programs for incarcerated people, and general administration—are often not reflected in jail budgets, but rather in other county agencies. This report surveys 35 jail jurisdictions in 18 states to tally the ...

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  • Christian Henrichson, Joshua Rinaldi, Ruth Delaney
May 21, 2015
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