The Justice Imperative: Desired Outcomes
In our collective view, the four most significant goals or priorities to be pursued are straightforward and non-controversial:
- Reduce Connecticut’s prison population, especially non-violent offenders who pose a low risk to public safety, in half within five years;
- Reduce Connecticut’s recidivism rate by 30 percentage points or more within 5 years;
- Close half of the State’s correctional facilities within 5 years; and
- Reduce State spending on the prison system by half in five years, with two-thirds of the savings redirected to proven evidence-based drug and mental health treatments, educational and vocational training and post-release support and supervision programs.
Based on our review of the best practices in other states and countries, we have developed a set of thirty recommendations that will help realize the four desired outcomes. We have grouped our thirty recommendations into five categories: Legislative Changes; Executive Policies and Practices; Department of Correction Initiatives; Alternatives to Incarceration; and Improvement in the Re-entry Process.
See More: Please go to Chapter Twelve in “The Justice Imperative”