Prison Overcrowding

The facts are clear: Massachusetts is getting it wrong when it comes to prison overcrowding, while other states are getting it right. Massachusetts prisons are some of the most overcrowded and expensive in the country. Our prisons are currently at 144% of capacity, and the new Corrections Master Plan predicts a massive shortage of prison beds by 2020. Massachusetts jails and prisons do not have the physical space to humanely house more prisoners, the state lacks the financial resources to build its way out of this crisis, and new prison construction does not address the causes and detrimental effects of increased incarceration rates. Massachusetts needs to be smart on crime, and improve public safety by finding alternatives to incarceration whenever possible.