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Sentencing reform

The number of adults in prison is staggeringly high. A growing number of states around the country are discovering that harsh prison sentences don’t make us safer and come at a high cost. We’re working with a cadre of community-based partners to develop more rational sentencing policies. We’re also working to make the case that if fewer people are imprisoned in Illinois, more money can be spent on efforts that have been proven effective in reducing crime and recidivism. These alternative approaches aren’t about being “soft on crime.” They are about developing a criminal justice system that is based on hard evidence about what works and what doesn’t. By focusing on what works, we can substantially reduce the prison population and reduce the crime rate at the same time. A smarter system will make everyone safer.

Recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

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