Michigan's jail population has nearly tripled in the last 35 years while crime has sunk to a 50-year low. The Bridge news site reports that the state's fragmented record-keeping is making it tough to pinpoint how this happened.
"We are brave enough to say: 'We can do better. We can improve the lives of people who are charged with a crime and protect public safety,'" says New Jersey judge Glenn A. Grant. Here, he addresses how to reform pretrial systems.
"Effective jail reform can simultaneously advance human dignity, public safety, fiscal restraint, and due process," concludes R Street's Lars Trautman in this overview of approaches to comprehensive jail reform.