1 in 5 Adults on Probation or Parole in the U.S.

Rusty Alcatraz prison cell

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Better strategies can cut that rate while protecting public safety, decreasing drug misuse, and reducing incarceration

More than a decade ago, policymakers around the country seeking to protect public safety, improve accountability, and save taxpayer dollars initiated a wave of bipartisan reforms that has reduced the number of people behind bars in many states. Because of their high costs and visibility, prisons garnered substantial public attention on criminal justice, while relatively little was paid to the largest part of the correctional system: community supervision.

Pew Charitable Trust

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