The United States has been on a binge of imprisonment for the past four decades. Jail and prison rates quadrupled during that time. There is now a growing consensus that this has become a serious social and economic blunder. Prison does not improve people, and states can no longer afford the costs of mass incarceration. But what to do? Once we have locked up millions of people—with an entire criminal justice system oriented toward this misguided project—how can it be reversed? Promising pathways are being implemented and tested through the Smart Decarceration Initiative​.

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Research from 2018

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Smart Decarceration: Achieving Criminal Justice Transformation in the 21st Century, Matthew W. Epperson

Research from 2017

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Promoting Reentry Well-Being: A Novel Assessment Tool for Individualized Service Assignment in Prisoner Reentry Programs, Christopher A. Veeh

Research from 2016

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From Mass Incarceration to Effective and Sustainable Decarceration: Conference Report, Carrie Pettus-Davis

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Page Avenue Health Impact Assessment: Building on Diverse Partnerships and Evidence to Promote a Healthy Community, Gena Gunn McClendon

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Tax Abatement in Saint Louis: Reforms Could Foster Equitable Development, Molly Metzger

Research from 2015

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Smart Decarceration: Guiding Concepts for an Era of Criminal Justice Transformation, Matthew W. Epperson

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Using Randomized Controlled Trials to Evaluate Interventions for Releasing Prisoners, Carrie Pettus-Davis