Time Served: The High Cost, Low Return of Longer Prison Terms
| Cataloged on:
Aug. 07, 2012
ANNOTATION: The intent of these resources is to “present a state-level portrait of how time served has changed during the past 20 years, how it has impacted prison populations and costs, and how policy makers can adjust it to generate a better public safety return on taxpayer dollars” (full report p. 2).
The full report explains how increased lengths of stay have had negative effects on state prisons. Sections following an executive summary include: introduction; length of stay in states; unpacking the numbers—what shapes length of stay; what is gained by increased time served; and how states are modifying length of stay.
The State Fact Sheets show the change in length of stay and associated costs in easy to understand graphics and charts. Statistics are provided for: the average length of stay for 2009 and the increase since 1990; time served by offense type—all, violent, property, and drug; total state cost of keeping offenders released in 2009 in prison longer; and time served drivers.