Thursday, December 3, 2015

San Francisco Called a Model for Ending Mass Incarceration

San Francisco has rapidly reduced its jail and prison populations with a series of “best practices” innovations that have built on California’s well-publicized legislative reforms enacted since 2009, according to a research study released today.

The study adds its success could serve as a model for the rest of the United States.
In the study, entitled “Eliminating Mass Incarceration: How San Francisco Did It,” James Austin of the JFA Institute reports that the combined jail and prison rate of incarceration in San Francisco City and County in 2014 (the latest year for which data are available) was 279 per 100,000­--less than one-half the rate for California, and less than one-third the national rate.


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