Organizations Ask Senate to End Prison Expansion and Reinvest in Prevention, Prison Reform, and Reentry Programs
OPSC Joined various other organizations in calling on the Senate CJS Appropriations Subcommittee to fund proven, cost-saving justice programs that combat overcrowding and reduce recidivism rather than spending scarce federal monies building new prisons.
October 3, 2011
OSPC and other organizations sent a letter to the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies requesting the Subcommittee work with House appropriators to fund programs already authorized under the Second Chance Act and other cost-saving reforms that reduce the existing prison population, rather than increase funding for federal prisons. The Senate Committee on Appropriations recently approved legislation which would increase funds for new prison expansion while cutting or eliminating programs for reducing incarceration and recidivism. Prison build-up contradicts criminological research on crime prevention.
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