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Atlases, indices, and broad-based source material

  • 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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