Controlling Corrections Costs in Illinois: Lessons from the Coasts

Source: Malcolm C. Young, Northwestern University School of Law, June 2009

From the press release:
Illinois is positioned to follow New York’s lead in reducing crime and incarceration rates while opening the door to much needed savings in the state budget, according to a new Northwestern University School of Law report.

The report contrasts the crime-fighting strategies of New York and California, two large states that moved in different directions, to offer Illinois lessons about what will and won’t work in combating crime during an unprecedented downturn in the economy.

New York’s effective crime-fighting reforms are cited in contrast to the pitfalls of California’s “three-strikes-you’re-out” politics, inflexible sentencing schemes and uncontrolled corrections costs.

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