General

Atlases, indices, and broad-based source material

  • (New) The Prison Paradox: More Incarceration Will Not Make Us Safer, [PDF]
    Vera, July, 2017
    “The impact of incarceration on crime is limited and has been diminishing for several years. Increased incarceration has no effect on violent crime and may actually lead to higher crime rates when incarceration is concentrated in certain communities.”
  • (New) A Matter of Time: The Causes and Consequences of Rising Time Served in America's Prisons, [PDF]
    Urban Institute, July, 2017
    (• A growing share of the U.S. prison population has been incarcerated for 10 or more years " and in at least 11 states the number of people in prison for a decade or longer has more than doubled since 2000.)
  • (New) The Status of Black Women in the United States [PDF]
    Institute for Women's Policy Research, June, 2017
    “The intention behind this report is to make visible the experiences of Black women in our economy and our democracy.”
  • A Federal Agenda to Reduce Mass Incarceration [PDF]
    Brennan Center for Justice, May, 2017
    “Federal funding drives state policy, and helped create our current crisis of mass incarceration. And the federal government sets the national tone, which is critical to increasing public support and national momentum for change.”
  • Following the Money of Mass Incarceration [Website]
    Prison Policy Initiative, January, 2017
    “In this first-of-its-kind report, we find that the system of mass incarceration costs the government and families of justice-involved people at least $182 billion every year.”
  • Criminal Justice Primer 2009 [PDF]
    Sentencing Project, February, 2009
    “An overview of nine policy priorities in criminal and juvenile justice reform that address issues of reentry, sentencing, racial disparity and crime prevention.”
  • Smart on Crime Recommendations for the Next Administration and Congress, [PDF]
    2009 Criminal Justice Transition Coalition, November, 2008
    “The 2009 Criminal Justice Transition Coalition's collaborative report identifying critical needs for federal policy reform for President-elect Barack Obama's agenda.”
  • Strengthening Public Safety, Increasing Accountability, and Instituting Fiscal Responsibility in the Department of Correction, [PDF]
    Governor's Commission on Corrections Reform, June, 2004
    (Massachusetts, the Harshbarger Commission)
  • Prison Policy Initiative Atlas [Website]
    Prison Policy Initiative, February, 2004
    (Maps of disenfranchisement, death penalty, incarceration, prison construction and more in the U.S. and internationally)
  • The Prison Index: Taking the Pulse of the Crime Control Industry,
    Prison Policy Initiative and Western Prison Project, March, 2003
  • Crime and Justice Atlas 2001 Update [PDF]
    U.S. Department of Justice, 2001
  • Crime and Justice Atlas 2000 [PDF]
    U.S. Department of Justice, June, 2000
    “As our criminal justice system undergoes many changes and interventions, it is important that we continually reexamine the practices, policies, and philosophies that guide us.”

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