Colorado Corrections – Pew Report March 2009
July 20, 2009
The Pew Center on the States has recently released their report "One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections." This is an updated report on last years report revealing a staggering social expense to our current corrections system.
Here are some relevant statistics for Colorado:
- 1 in 29 adults is under correctional control (compared with 1 in 102 adults in 1982).
- Colorado spent $625 Million on corrections (nearly twice spending on higher ed)
- By end of 2007, 30% of correctional population was in prison or jail (in 1982 that figure was 26%)
- Colorado has 77,635 people in probation (238 federal)
- Colorado has 11,086 people on parole (954 federal)
- Colorado has 22,666 people in prison (1,736 federal)
- Colorado has 13,871 people in jail
- For every $1 Colorado spent on prisons in 2008, it spent $0.15 on probation and parole.
- 1 day of prison costs ($76.51) = 6 days of parole or 21 days of probation.
- Colorado ranks 15th highest prison / corrections population among the 50 states
You can download the full report by visiting www.pewcenteronthestates.org/publicsafety.
We can not afford to ignore sentencing reform in this era of staggering budget shortfalls. We are spending an extraordinary amount of money incarcerating primarily non-violent offenders.
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