Changes to Sentencing Laws in GOP States Since 2007

Prison populations are beginning to fall as states look to save money

Changes to Sentencing Laws in GOP States Since 2007
Prison populations are beginning to fall as states look to save money (Data: Pew Center on the States)
Data: Pew Center on the States

With states struggling to rein in spending, Republican-led legislatures that once pushed harsh penalties for drug offenders now find themselves struggling to reduce corrections costs. In fact, after climbing steadily, prison populations finally leveled off a few years ago and have begun to decline. Here’s how several states have reduced or plan to reduce their prison populations.

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