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Prison/Correctional Reform: Welcome

Starting point for research on American criminal-justice reform, especially regarding the corrections system.


A guide to all aspects of correctional-system and prison reform.

Reforming the correctional system

Prison doors

In recent years, activists and lawmakers from both sides of the political spectrum have publicly considered an array of possible reforms to the American correctional system. Their reasons are diverse—some are concerned about humanitarian issues within the prison system, some are trying to rein in massive governmental spending, some are trying to rationalize inconsistent policies, others are trying to redress inequities in the law. Nevertheless, they often discuss many of the same potential reforms.

The resources in this guide are intended to help illuminate some of the problems with the current system, as well as pointing to research on possible solutions.

Photo: Section of Prison Bound by flickr user Thomas Hawk