Profiles of Prisoners and Prison Programming in the States

Crime is down, but prison populations continue to rise. As state officials struggle with budget shortfalls, it is increasingly important to understand the changing nature of state corrections, both from a demographic perspective and a programmatic one. If state officials are to ever solve the “revolving-door-of-corrections,” they must provide effective programming and planning whose ultimate goal is the reentry of offenders into society.

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About the Author
John J. Mountjoy is associate director for national policy coordination for The Council of State Governments. He has specialized in Public Safety and Justice policy, managing CSG’s national efforts for both the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision and the Interstate Compact for Juveniles. He holds both a Masters in Public Administration and a B.A. in Communications from Western Kentucky University.