June 27, 2018 National Governors Association

Improving Sentencing and Corrections Policy

Jun 27, 2018

In partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts, the NGA Center is helping states identify and adopt strategies to advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs.

In FY 2007, states spent $49 billion on corrections. On average, such expenditures have risen about 7.5 percent per year since 1990. Continued growth in prison populations will pose even greater challenges to state policymakers. According to a forecast by the Pew Charitable Trusts, state prison populations will grow to 1.7 million prisoners by 2011. Without implementing any significant changes, this will cost states an additional $25 billion in the aggregate. The NGA Center periodically convenes meetings and hosts webcasts to help states develop innovative and effective sentencing and corrections practices.


Related Links

  • Pew Public Safety Performance Project
    The Public Safety Performance Project helps states advance fiscally sound, data-driven sentencing and corrections policies and practices that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control costs.
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