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December 7, 2012 (The Sentencing Project)

New Publication: On the Chopping Block 2012: State Prison Closings

This report illustrates the growing trend of states to downsize or close their prisons--reducing prison capacity in 2012 by 14,100 beds, and 28,000 since 2011.

This year, states planning to close prisons include California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and Louisiana. Reforms in sentencing and parole policies have resulted in less demand for prison space in addition to states working to balance budget priorities.

The full report, On the Chopping Block 2012: State Prison Closings, includes a comprehensive chart on state closings.

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration