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Nevada Cited for Creative Alternatives as Nation’s Prison Population Soars

February 28, 2008

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada is bucking the trend, but a new study says the nation's prison population has soared to a record high -- more than one out of every 100 adults in America is incarcerated.

The Pew Center on the States conducted the study; director of the "Public Safety Performance Project," Adam Gelb, says keeping almost 2.3 million people in jail is costing the states a whopping $50 billion a year.

"That's four times as many people as we had in prison just 25 years ago, and we're spending almost five times what we spent just 25 years ago. Nobody would think that that's much of a problem, except that we're not seeing a return on that investment, in terms of public safety."

Gelb credits Nevada for its prison innovations, such as "earned time," which allows non-violent offenders to earn a little time off their sentences. He says these types of programs save states plenty, without harming public safety.

It was a mountain of red ink that forced Nevada to think creatively about its corrections system, according to Washoe Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie. The choice: pouring billions more dollars into prisons, or finding alternatives.

"What Nevada did last session was start taking baby steps down the path to what we call 'justice reinvestment,' which is finding a way to spend our existing corrections dollars more wisely; to get more bang for the buck, essentially."

Gelb agrees, the program will continue to pay off in years to come.

"In the corrections system, small changes add up to big dollars; and even just 60 days off an inmate's sentence can result in huge savings to taxpayers, without any harm to public safety."

The full study, including information by state, is at www.pewtrusts.org.

Michael Clifford/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - NV