Does our county really need a bigger jail?

A guide for avoiding unnecessary jail expansion

By Alexi Jones
May 2019
Press release

As jail populations have skyrocketed over the past three decades, jails around the country have become dangerously overcrowded. The reflexive response is often to start the long, expensive process of building a larger jail. However, this report provides a roadmap to easier, quicker, cheaper, and more just solutions to jail overcrowding. It is organized around a series of questions that local decisionmakers should be asking advocates of jail expansion, and then lays out a detailed briefing on best practices for reducing jail overcrowding.

From the Prison Policy Initiative.

View the Roadmap.

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