One policy issue that has befuddled some of the best minds in the federal government is how to reduce the growth and cut the cost of the prison system. Amidst much conversation about the so-called "prison-industrial complex," there is much to be said for such a timely report. Authored by Julie Samuels, Nancy G. La Vigne, and Samuel Taxy of the Urban Institute, this November 2013 report takes a close look at possible solutions to this vexing problem. In short, the authors note that "the most effective approach is a combination of strategies, including early release for current prisoners and reducing the length of stay for future offenders, particularly those convicted of drug trafficking." The report is divided into ten sections, including "Policy Options to Ease Growth and Reduce Costs" and "Main Drivers: Who Goes to Prison and for How Long?"
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