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August 2011 (The Sentencing Project)

On the Chopping Block: State Prison Closings

A new report by The Sentencing Project documents -- for the first time-- the growing trend of states to close prisons. As a result, the number of prison beds may be reduced by more than 13,000 by yearend.

The report, On the Chopping Block: State Prison Closings, notes that 13 states to date have closed or are considering closing their correctional facilities, reversing a 40-year trend of prison expansion.

The full report can be viewed here.

Author: Nicole Porter
Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration