Federal and state authorities have made incarceration a primary weapon in the war on crime and drugs, resulting in skyrocketing imprisonment rates rising by 700% since the 1970s.

Today, 2.2 million Americans are doing time; 1 in 100 adults are behind bars in a criminal justice system costing $210 billion annually. Each federal prisoner costs roughly $29,000 yearly.

But taxpayers have gotten little for their money. Correction facilities are overcrowded and ineffectual at rehabilitating offenders and helping them find a place in society as breadwinners, taxpayers and productive citizens.  

Despite record spending, recidivism is high. A 2002 study found that 67.5% of prisoners were rearrested within 3 years. Long imprisonments do nothing to reduce recidivism, so longer mandatory sentences are no answer. 

Prisology sees the reform of the criminal justice system as the way forward. Prisoners who are:

  • Given fair punishments, rather than harsh mandatory sentences, 

  • Offered real opportunities to educate and rehabilitate themselves while incarcerated,

  • Given fair housing and job opportunities upon reentry, are less likely to commit new crimes. 

Prisology has already demonstrated the huge benefits to taxpayers of reform: Our 2013-14 victory, changing U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines, could lead to the early release of 46,000 low-level drug offenders, and save taxpayers $2.4 billion.

Your support will lead to future reforms making the criminal justice system fairer, efficient, and less of a tax burden. Join us!

America’s Preoccupation With Incarceration Comes With A Stiff Financial Price Tag: $210 Billion Annually For A Failed Criminal Justice System.