Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons

On June 8 2006, after a year-long inquiry, the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons released Confronting Confinement, a report of the Commission’s findings and recommendations.
Read about and download the report. On any given day, 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the United States, and over the course of a year, many millions spend time in prison or jail. 750,000 men and women work in correctional facilities. The annual cost: more than 60 billion dollars. Yet within three years, 67 percent of former prisoners will be rearrested and 52 percent will be re-incarcerated. At this moment, the effectiveness of America’s approach to corrections has the attention of policy makers at all levels of government and in both political parties. The Commission and its report, Confronting Confinement, make a unique contribution to this timely national discussion by connecting the most serious problems and abuses inside jails and prisons with the health and safety of our communities.

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