Sentencing Commission Report Shows Need for Prison Reform

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Sentencing Commission released a new report showing that the recidivism rate was no higher for crack cocaine offenders whose prison sentences were shortened compared to those who served their full sentence. The study tracked both groups for three years following their release.

In response, leaders of Safe Streets & Second Chances issued the following statements:

“Today’s report confirms that overly harsh sentences for nonviolent drug offenses aren’t effective and that we need a new approach to prison that equips individuals with the tools they need to successfully reenter society,” said Mark Holden, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Koch Industries. “Treating and rehabilitating individuals as they serve their time will lower recidivism, increase public safety, save taxpayers money and open doors for those who are hungry for a second chance.”

“This report illustrates that when it comes to keeping communities safe, ‘how’ time in prison is being spent is far more important than ‘how much,’” said John Koufos, National Director of Reentry Initiatives for Right on Crime. “Proven recidivism-reducing programs and reentry policies are critical to ensuring successful, safety-conscious reintegration into our communities.”

Holden is Advisory Council Chairman of Safe Streets & Second Chances while Koufos serves as the initiative’s executive director. For more on why it’s time for prison and reentry reform, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter @S3CProject.

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