The High Cost, Low Return of Longer Prison Terms


Prison populations rise and fall according to two principal forces: 1) how many offenders are admitted to prison, and 2) how long those offenders remain behind bars. In this report, Pew seeks to help
policy makers better understand the second factor—time served in prison.

http://www.pewstates.org/uploadedFiles/PCS_Assets/2012/Prison_Time_Served.pdf

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