On the Chopping Block: State Prison Closings
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Aug. 24, 2011
ANNOTATION: “As a result of recent policy changes and pressures brought by the fiscal crisis, state lawmakers are closing prisons after 40 years of record prison expansion” (p. 1). Sections of this briefing paper include: introduction; state budget crisis; momentum for state sentencing reform; dilemmas of privatization; and reducing the reliance on incarceration. Also included is a chart entitled “States Closing or Considering Closing Correctional Facilities in 2011.” Closures by 13 states will result in 13, 915 less prison beds. Michigan has closed the most prisons to date.