I am very excited to share with you a groundbreaking new Brennan Center report, How Many Americans Are Unnecessarily Incarcerated?, released in a New York Times exclusive today.
A first-of-its kind analysis, this study finds that nearly 40 percent of the U.S. prison population is kept behind bars with no compelling public safety reason and at a cost of nearly $20 billion annually. Based on three years of original research, the report recommends a new sentencing framework. One that would prioritize public safety, drastically decrease the prison population, reduce unjust disparities and, if fully implemented, save the country nearly $200 billion over ten years.
I encourage you to read the report, which features a foreword from Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, and to explore the compelling Times interactive feature. It shares the personal stories of those unnecessarily incarcerated and powerfully illustrates the potential impact of applying our specific recommendations.
Thank you for your partnership and support, and all you do to build a more just and equal America.Best regards,
Brennan Center for Justice
at NYU School of Law
120 Broadway, Suite 1750
New York, NY 10271