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This fact sheet provides at-a-glance information about how many people are locked up in both state prisons and county jails and shows where the state stands on a variety of metrics, so that policymakers and the public can better determine where to target reforms.

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Total Number of People in County Jails and State Prisons, 2015
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Coordinating Safety

Building and Sustaining Offices of Violence Prevention and Neighborhood Safety

Communities across the country have been harmed by violence for decades, and government leaders have struggled to deliver impactful solutions. In particular, an overreliance on policing has not produced the safety that communities need and deserve. Community organizers working to address violence have long recognized that a different approach is ne ...

  • Jason Tan de Bibiana, Kerry Mulligan, Aaron Stagoff-Belfort, Daniela Gilbert
November 20, 2023

Sweet Potatoes Magee: Thanksgiving in Prison with a Service Dog in Training

A writer gives thanks for the community that has helped him endure incarceration.

Magee says it’s not Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes, and I agree. Magee (pronounced MAH-ghee) is an adorable 11-month-old black lab from a service dog training program that I’ve been raising and working with since January. But sweet potatoes, which are one of Magee’s favorite special training treats, won’t be on my menu, as prisons throughout ...

  • Adam Roberts
November 20, 2023