Federal funding has fueled our country’s incarceration boom. 布伦南司法中心 promotes policies to reverse this trend by creating incentives to reduce both incarceration and crime rates.

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几十年来,, the federal government has subsidized the nation’s incarceration boom, offering states billions of dollars annually to lock up their citizens in greater numbers. These perverse financial incentives have spurred arrests, prosecutions, and lengthy prison sentences. For example, the 1994 Crime Bill authorized $12.5 billion in grants for the adoption of more punitive criminal justice policies, such as “truth-in-sentencing” and “three strikes” laws. The results of decades of federal funding decisions in conjunction with punitive laws and policies have been catastrophic: Since 1970, the prison population has grown by 700 percent, with the United States today incarcerating more people than any other country in the world.

但逆转是有可能的. We now know that reducing crime and incarceration are not mutually exclusive goals. The task is to align federal dollars with smarter public policy initiatives. 我们的“成功导向融资”模式,” the 布伦南中心 has advocated a simple path toward ending mass incarceration: Fund what works. 2019年的立法法案 逆转大规模监禁法案,受到了我们的启发 政策建议 that called for a new set of evidence-based incentives. From encouraging prosecutorial reform to providing grants for local measures that cut recidivism rates, the federal government has the resources to reshape the criminal justice system. If financial incentives helped create America’s vast system of mass imprisonment, then similar incentives can be mobilized to begin to undo it.  


End the Federal Subsidization of Mass Incarceration

Federal grants help shape criminal justice policy at state and local levels. 几十年来,, these grants have subsidized the growth of incarceration. To reverse that flow, Congress can pass the 逆转大规模监禁法案. This bill would dedicate $20 billion over 10 years to states that reduce both crime and incarceration, 重塑国家和地方政策.