Prisons and Budgets

An editorial this morning from the New York Times about why the incarceration rate in the US – the country with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, and 25% of the world’s prisoners – is dropping:

One factor seems to be tight budgets as states decide to release nonviolent offenders early. This can not only save money. If done correctly, it can also be very sound social policy. Many nonviolent offenders can be dealt with more effectively and more cheaply through treatment and jobs programs.