Research / Corrections


Comparative Data Report | July 2018

Adult Correctional Systems

Monique Appeaning, Fiscal Analyst/Special Projects Coordinator, Legislative Fiscal Office, Louisiana

Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) are prepared annually by select SLC states’ fiscal research departments. These reports track a multitude of revenue sources and appropriations levels in Southern states and serve as a useful tool to legislators and legislative staff alike in determining their respective state spending.

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Comparative Data Report | July 2017

Adult Correctional Systems

Monique Appeaning, Louisiana Legislative Fiscal Office

Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) are prepared annually by select SLC states’ fiscal research departments. These reports track a multitude of revenue sources and appropriations levels in Southern states and serve as a useful tool to legislators and legislative staff alike in determining their respective state spending.

Download this report (PDF)


Policy Analysis | June 2017

Bail and Pretrial Reforms in Southern States

Mitchell Gray

Lawmakers in several SLC member states have enacted legislation aimed at reducing correctional populations and curtailing costs by addressing bail and pretrial options. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, 62 percent of people in jail are not serving sentences but, rather, waiting for their cases to be heard. While there are limited examples of extensive bail reform in SLC states, other pretrial options, such as court notification systems, supervision services, and other community-based programs, have been implemented. State lawmakers also have sought to increase felony theft thresholds: the monetary value that prosecutors use to categorize stolen money or property as a felony. Multiple SLC states have enacted legislation detailing methods for collecting fines and fees from indigent defendants, for example, through individualized payment plans, reduced and/or deferred fines, or community service in lieu of owed payments. The information below reflects the trends in policies relating to bail reform and pretrial processes in SLC states.

Jail population by conviction status
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2018-2019 Chair

Senator
Katrina Shealy

South Carolina

Representative Fredrick Love, Arkansas
2018-2019 Vice Chair

Representative
Fredrick J. Love

Arkansas

Immediate Past Chair

(Former) Senator
Doug Overbey

Tennessee

Roger Moore
Committee Liaison

Roger Moore
Policy Analyst


Among states’ most pressing concerns are ensuring the public’s general welfare and protection, with both areas constituting increasing shares of state budgets. States have been taking the lead in health policy, welfare reform and child care, and have maintained their predominant role in the areas of public safety, corrections and sentencing. The Human Services & Public Safety Committee has a broad agenda which most typically addresses the challenges states face in the areas of human services and corrections, and policies and programs utilized to meet them. The Committee has undertaken assessments of Medicaid and reform; nursing shortages; long-term healthcare; and such corrections issues as criminal justice DNA statutes; the aging inmate population; female offenders; mental health parity in prisons, and prison staffing patterns in Southern states.

More SLC Research into Corrections


Comparative Data Report | August 2016

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Comparative Data Report | August 2015

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Comparative Data Report | July 2014

Corrections

Comparative Data Report | July 2013

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Comparative Data Report | July 2011

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Policy Analysis | April 2011

State Corrections Reforms

Comparative Data Report | July 2010

Corrections

Comparative Data Report | November 2009

Corrections

Comparative Data Report | November 2008

Adult Correctional Systems

Comparative Data Report | November 2007

Adult Correctional Systems

SLC Regional Resource | December 2006

The Aging Inmate Population: Southern States Outlook

Comparative Data Report | November 2006

Adult Correctional Systems

Comparative Data Report | November 2005

Adult Correctional Systems

Comparative Data Report | November 2004

Adult Correctional Systems

Comparative Data Report | November 2003

Corrections

Comparative Data Report | November 2002

Corrections

Comparative Data Report | November 2001

Corrections

SLC Regional Resource | May 2001

Correctional Good-Time Credits in Southern States

Comparative Data Report | November 2000

Corrections

SLC Special Series Report | June 1998

The Aging Inmate Population