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March 2016 Archives (International News)

4th March 2016

US: Is Sending More to Prison an Effective Way to Reduce Crime? It’s complicated…

During the early 1990’s, violent crime levels were at record highs in the United States, but have since fallen to levels not seen since the 1960’s. In this brief, the PEW Charitable Trusts survey nine leading US scholars for their view on the role that a massively increased prison population… Read more

9th March 2016

US Study: Treating More Thefts as a Less-Serious Crime did not lead Property Crime to Increase

Since 2001, more than 30 US states have raised the threshold on what can be charged as a serious theft. In a recent brief the PEW Charitable Trusts examined what impact, if any, this change had on the rates of theft in different states. Read more

10th March 2016

UK: Innovative Support Scheme for Short-term Prisoners Helps Reduce Re-offending Rates

An independent evaluation carried out on a joint project between the Scottish Prison Service and a range of third sector partners has found the project helped to improve many aspects of prisoners lives and reduce re-offending rates. Read more