The U.S. prison population has increased nearly 700 percent since 1972. Incarceration now costs more than $80 billion annually. For most states, increased prison spending has outpaced other investments that can help prevent crime and improve community health. Select a state to learn more about its imprisonment rate and see a comparison of corrections spending to education spending. More comparisons to come!
In many states, momentum for change is building. Community leaders, crime survivors, lawmakers, formerly incarcerated people, law enforcement and more are joining together to advance reform. Alliance for Safety and Justice is developing partnerships in states across the nation. Select a state below to get more information about safety and justice policy, the reform efforts emerging and our partners.