Additional policy changes included:
- expansion of alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders
- parole and probation reforms designed either to reduce time served in prison or to provide supervision options to reduce the number of revocations to prison
- and broader sentencing reform, such as modifying controversial mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
Although I've just glanced at the report, it appears to be a great read.
Changing Direction? State Sentencing Reforms 2004-2006 also argues that in order to build on these positive legislative developments, lawmakers must continue to enact evidence-based criminal justice policies. Recommendations of The Sentencing Project urge that policymakers: expand the use of drug treatment as a sentencing option; utilize intermediate sanctions for technical violations of parole and probation; repeal mandatory minimum sentences; and reconsider sentence lengths.