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NCJ Number: 250848 Find in a Library
Title: National Picture of Prison Downsizing Strategies
Journal: Victims & Offenders  Volume:10  Issue:4  Dated:October 2015  Pages:401-419
Author(s): S. F. Turner; L. M. Davis; T. Fain; H. Braithwaite; T. Lavery; W. Choinski; G. Camp
Date Published: October 2015
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2011-IJ-CX-0011
Document: HTML
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis; Policy; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Survey
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Since many States faced fiscal pressures on their corrections budgets as the Country entered a deep recession in 2008, this article presents findings from a 2011 survey by the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) that asked corrections officials in all 50 States about changes in correctional facilities, focusing on closures, new facilities, and altering existing facilities as a response to budget pressures.
Abstract: The survey findings indicate that States used a combination of these strategies. Between fiscal year (FY) 2007–2008 and FY 2011–2012, 148 facilities were closed, 29 new facilities were opened, and 23 States added 22,740 beds to existing facilities, resulting in about a 19,000 net bed reduction overall. Closures were not necessarily related to fiscal pressures or always related to reductions in the prison population. Despite the Great Recession, correctional funding is still a large part of State expenses, and many States’ correctional populations continue to grow. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Budgeting; Cutback management; Financial management; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; Policy analysis; Prison Population; State correctional facilities
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