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NCJ Number: 98935 Find in a Library
Title: Reducing Prison Crowding - An Overview of Options
Author(s): M K Harris
Corporate Author: Prison Overcrowding Project
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
New York, NY 10177
National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534
Prison Overcrowding Project
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents a matrix that portrays the number and range of mechanisms that various criminal justice actors can use to reduce prison crowding.
Abstract: The mechanisms for reducing prison overcrowding are listed under three broad options: (1) reducing the number of offenders admitted to prisons, (2) shortening the time offenders spend in prison, and (3) increasing system capacity. The mechanisms are also classified according to the principal actor likely to be involved in implementing the mechanism: legislators, prosecutors, the defense bar, the judiciary, private agencies, probation and parole agencies, Governors, and departments of corrections.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Corrections policies; Defense preparation; Law reform; Prison overcrowding; Prosecutors; Sentencing reform
Note: Working Paper number 6.
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