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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ind. Law - Hoosier Deb Daniels and former Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli team up for WAPO editorial

The title to the June 19th Washington Post opinion piece is "Less incarceration could lead to less crime." (h/t Sentencing Law blog)

Readers may recall that Deborah Daniels was deeply involved in the preparation of Indiana's criminal code rewrite, which will take effect July 1st. See, for instance, this Jan. 21, 2013 ILB post quoting a still accessible story by Maureen Hayden headed "Another Daniels may get state’s criminal code on track."

A sample from the opinion piece:

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently reported that states that have cut their imprisonment rates (coupled with other reforms) have experienced a greater crime drop than those that increased incarceration. Between 2007 and 2012, the 10 states with the largest decreases in imprisonment rates had a 12 percent average reduction in crime, while the 10 states with the largest imprisonment rate increases saw crime fall 10 percent.

Kentucky has shown that states can cut recidivism and costs while protecting public safety by shaving time off an inmate’s prison term but requiring a period of community monitoring upon release. Offenders completing the state’s new Mandatory Reentry Supervision program were 30 percent less likely to return to prison for a new crime than inmates released before the program took effect.

Kentucky’s prison growth outpaced nearly all others’ between 1999 and 2009, but it has saved more than $29 million since the program began in 20111.

When you see, as we have, what reduces criminal behavior, it’s easier to accept the notion that for many offenders, prison is not the best answer. That conclusion is part of what led us to join Right on Crime, a national movement of conservatives who support a criminal justice system reflecting fiscal discipline, a belief in redemption, the empowerment of victims and reliance on solid evidence to determine the most cost-effective use of taxpayer funds to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 22, 2014 11:12 AM
Posted to Indiana Law