A new cost analysis from the Brennan Center finds that, if the Justice Department were to implement the reforms recommended in the report Federal Prosecution for the 21st Century, it could save billions annually. “At best estimate, this reform would result in approximately 100,000 fewer federal prisoners per year, saving the Justice Department over $1.2 billion annually and $19 billion over ten years,” wrote co-authors Nicole Fortier and Oliver Roeder.
This analysis is a reminder of the broad benefits to reducing the federal Bureau of Prisons population and costs by changing the priorities of federal prosecution. “This reform is practical, can be implemented swiftly, and would save billions while continuing to protect public safety,” reads the analysis.
Read the report: http://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Federal_Prison_Cost_Savings.pdf