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Less Time, Less Crime

by Bill Hayes

As part of Reason magazine’s July issue on criminal justice, Julie Stewart in Less Time, Less Crime describes a new movement by conservatives toward “tough and smart” sentencing policies.

In 2007 the blood-red state of Texas, facing a skyrocketing prison population that would have required more than $1 billion for additional facilities, decided to shift resources to treatment programs. Gov. Rick Perry, a conservative Republican, called the move “tough and smart,” a view that was vindicated when both crime and incarceration rates dropped. Texas is continuing to enact evidence-based reforms that aim to rehabilitate offenders, such as hiring dozens of re-entry coordinators to help newly released inmates adjust to life outside prison, thereby reducing the number who commit new crimes and end up back behind bars. [more]