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Study Finds Prison Time Costs More Than Parole

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Study Finds Prison Time Costs More Than Parole

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Study Finds Prison Time Costs More Than Parole

Study Finds Prison Time Costs More Than Parole

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Many states are reducing prison populations to cut spending. KS has closed two detention facilities, and CA is considering the release of thousands of non-violent offenders. A recent report found it is far more costly to keep someone in prison than on probation or parole.

Guests:

Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project at the Pew Center on the States, and an author of the report on prison spending, "One In Thirty-One"

Peggy Burke, a principal with the Center for Effective Public Policy