Projects: Sentencing and Corrections Trends Reports
Every year, Vera highlights trends in criminal justice legislation passed in the previous year and promising practices in the states. These reports share not only the reforms enacted in specific subject matters, such as mandatory sentencing or collateral consequences of criminal conviction, but also distill lessons based on the legislation itself and interviews with relevant stakeholders and experts. These reports serve as valuable guides to policymakers and others interested in pursuing criminal justice reform in their jurisdiction.
Initially commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and later with grants from the Open Society Foundation, Vera’s trends reports in sentencing and corrections have served as valuable resources for state and local policymakers and corrections officials who are constantly in the search for policies and practices that will help them reduce prison populations, increase public safety, and cope with smaller budgets.
Trends Reports to Date:
- Justice in Review: New Trends in State Sentencing and Corrections 2014-2015
- Relief in Sight? States Rethink the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction, 2009-2014
- Recalibrating Justice: A Review of 2013 State Sentencing and Corrections Trends
- Drug War Détente? A Review of State-level Drug Law Reform, 2009-2013
- Playbook for Change? States Reconsider Mandatory Sentences
- Realigning Justice Resources: A Review of Population and Spending Shifts in Prison and Community Corrections
- Reallocating Justice Resources: A Review of 2011 State Sentencing Trends
- The Continuing Fiscal Crisis in Corrections: Setting a New Course
- It's About Time: Aging Prisoners, Increasing Costs, and Geriatric Release
- Criminal Justice Trends: Key Legislative Changes in Sentencing Policy, 2001–2010
- The Fiscal Crisis in Corrections: Rethinking Policies and Practices
Why focus on trends in sentencing and corrections?
Changes in sentencing and corrections policy have been a major focus of efforts to end mass incarceration and make our communities safer. This publication series brings a wide angle lens on trends in policymaking and seeks to educate both policymakers and the public about what states around the United States are doing in these areas.