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Idaho Blueprint for Smart Justice - ACLU 2020 

04-27-2020 11:46 AM

The ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice campaign partnered with the Urban Institute to conduct a two-year research project to analyze the kind of changes needed to cut the number of people in prison in each state by half and reduce racial disparities in incarceration. In every state, the campaign identified primary drivers of incarceration and predicted the impact of reducing prison admissions  and length of stay on state prison populations, state budgets, and the racial disparity of those imprisoned.

The report for Idaho found that between 1980 and 2017, Idaho's prison population grew more than ninefold. As of June 2018, there were 8,616 people in Idaho prisons. The vast majority of people who enter prisons in the state are admitted after unsuccessful terms of probation or
parole. In 2017, Idaho tied with Washington as the states with the largest share of annual admissions to prison for violations of probation or parole conditions. That year, an astounding 71 percent of prison admissions in Idaho were due to supervision violations.

Among its recommendations, the Idaho Blueprint for Smart Justice calls for expanding its investment in alternatives to incarceration and investing in public defense systems to ensure they receive constitutionally sufficient representation.

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