• Whereas, a critical goal for Pennsylvania is to ensure the safety of its residents.
• Whereas, in light of the budget crisis, we can no longer afford to spend nearly $2 billion on Pennsylvania state corrections when tested alternatives exist.
• Whereas, evidence and research show that programs and treatment are more effective than prison in reducing recidivism in most cases.
• Whereas, Texas, Michigan, New York and other states have reinvested their prison dollars into alternative programming and treatment resulting in reduced crime at less cost.
• Therefore be it resolved that I/we want to be Smart on Crime in calling for effective alternatives to prison to maximize limited dollars while maintaining public safety.
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