1 in 55 U.S. Adults Is on Probation or Parole

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

Courts Force States to Provide Costly Hep C Treatment

Although antiviral drugs treating hepatitis C have become cheaper, some states deny them to prisoners and Medicaid recipients. But court rulings and settlements are starting to require coverage.

Forecasting How Policy Changes Could Affect Prison Populations

A new online tool offers a look at how choices by states could raise or lower the number of people behind bars.

California Just Replaced Cash Bail With Algorithms

Starting in October 2019, an algorithm will grade pretrial defendants to guide whether they should be released before trial.

What Government Can Do to Ensure Pretrial Detainees Can Vote

Election education and access to polls or polling materials are key, says the Democratic-leaning Center for American Progress.

Houston Officials May Try to Foil Trump Plans for ‘Tender Age’ Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | D.C. voters approve measure to eliminate tipped minimum wage … Del. blood emergency … and a Calif. mayor ends up with 5,000 purple water bottles.

Women in Prison Take Home Economics, While Men Take Carpentry

Decades after a government report on deep inequity in the vocational offerings of the nation's criminal-justice system, little has changed.

New Momentum for Addiction Treatment Behind Bars

Nationwide, a quarter of heroin addicts pass through the corrections system each year. But fewer than 1 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. prisons and jails offer access to FDA-approved medication used in treatment.

Jails Play Key Role in Advancing County Health and Safety Goals

But with short stays and high turnover, continuity of care after release is crucial.

Nearly a Quarter of Confined Juveniles Nationwide Held for Noncriminal Infractions

Percentage of youth in residential facilities for truancy, running away, or supervision violations increases

Americans Want Jails That Treat First, Punish Second

Poll: “It demonstrates that the American public is ahead of public officials in thinking about what is fair and equitable treatment under the law.”

Rule Change Would Help Low-Level Offenders in Atlanta

Critics, including the city’s mayor, have pointed to the role cash-bail plays in sustaining a two-tiered system of justice.

National Prison Rate Continues to Decline Amid Sentencing, Re-Entry Reforms

More than two-thirds of states cut crime and imprisonment from 2008-16

How States Allocate Their Prison Health Care Dollars

Detailed spending data helps track trends and evaluate cost-effectiveness

Felony Conviction Rates Have Risen Sharply, But Unevenly

The share of the population living with a felony conviction has gone up sharply in Georgia and Florida, while West Virginia and New Hampshire still have relatively low rates.

Prison Health Care Spending Varies Dramatically by State

Why such a discrepancy, and what does it indicate?

How One North Carolina County Is Keeping Down Its Jail Population

Mecklenburg County judges are preparing to hold pretrial hearings to determine defendants’ economic statuses before handing down financial punishments.

To Strengthen Public Health, Look to Prisons

High rates of infectious disease in state prisons present a challenge—and an opportunity.

Why Prison Health Care Is Integral to Achieving State Goals

Prison health care intersects with key state goals, including meeting constitutional requirements, protecting public safety and reducing recidivism.