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PSN on January 3, 2008 - 9:57am
Unlocking America: Why and How to Reduce America's Prison Population, published by the JFA Institute, details the explosive growth in prison populations from just 196,000 in 1970 to 1.5 million in state and federal prisons today-- with an additional 750,000 in local jails. The report emphasizes that there is little evidence that this mass incarceration reduces crime and outlines recommendations for changing current sentencing laws and correctional policies to reduce incarceration rates.
In Promises with a Price, the Pew Charitable Trusts' Center on the States highlights how states can meet the $2.73 trillion in pension, health and other retirement benefits promised to public employees. Overall, states have already set aside $2 trillion to meet their long-term obligations, but some states that haven't taken steps to prepare for the future will face challenges.