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Alison Lawrence

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Policy Specialist

7700 East First Place
Denver, Colorado 80230
United States

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Some states have reduced their prison ..., 1 Feb 2014 [cached]
Some states have reduced their prison populations with an overhaul of their drug-sentencing laws, said Alison Lawrence, a senior policy adviser for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Lawrence said Colorado succeeded with a community-based treatment programs that diverted some drug offenders away from prisons, while giving more parole opportunities to drug offenders to work to change their behavior. AP/Greenfield Daily Reporter
"States are looking at the budget ..., 8 Mar 2010 [cached]
"States are looking at the budget as well as a growing body of data on what works and what doesn't work in (community) supervision," said Alison Lawrence, a corrections policy analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures. "The majority of people eventually get out of prison, so there's a new focus on whether incarceration works as much as we're doing it."
Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington are among more than a dozen states that tweaked their sentencing structure in 2009 -- from raising the bar on what constitutes a felony, to narrowing the definition of a habitual offender or removing mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes.
At the same time, states are investing more in programs -- from mental health services, to substance abuse treatment and job training -- that research has shown to reduce recidivism, according to Lawrence.
"Because prison is expensive, you can take some of that money and better allocate it to better supervise more inmates in their communities," Lawrence said.
Displaying items by tag: Pennsylvania Prison |, 21 Feb 2012 [cached]
About 15 states have already enacted changes, while others, such as Georgia, are considering them, Alison Lawrence, a policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures, told IPS.
Lawrence explained the connection.
However, the movement to end marijuana prohibition - even though it would directly reduce most states' prison populations drastically - has not been part of the conversation around Justice Reinvestment, Lawrence said.
Alison Lawrence, a senior ... [cached]
Alison Lawrence, a senior policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures, said 32 states offer inmates good-time credit. The laws are designed to reduce prison populations and save money, she said.
"The devil of these policies is in the details, and it's often given to the Department of Corrections," Lawrence said.
"It's an issue that the states ..., 18 Jan 2011 [cached]
"It's an issue that the states are increasingly paying attention to," said Alison Lawrence, policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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