US jails set to empty as states reduce deficits


John Pfaff was quoted in a Financial Times article about the ballooning prison population and dwindling tax revenues. Pfaff’s comments follow data that indicate planned cuts in prison budgets.

The result is that the US could see the first fall in prison population since the early 1970s, says John Pfaff, a professor at Fordham University in New York who studies prisoner numbers.

“A dollar spent on police is more effective at reducing crime than spending that dollar on prisons,” says Prof Pfaff.

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