Analyzing the Impact of COVID-19 Jail Downsizing on County-level Crime Rates in Central PA

Downsizing within correctional facilities has started to gain popularity due to COVID-19, as well as concerns related to overcrowding and underfunding. Advocates of downsizing argue that strategically decarcerating low-level, non-violent offenders will free up our very expensive prison space for more violent offenders. Further, they suggest that funds saved from downsizing can be reallocated toward better vocational training, mental health care, and substance use treatment for our correctional population. Opponents believe downsizing could result in an increase in criminal activity and threaten the safety of our communities. Using official data, this study examines the effects of COVID-19 related jail downsizing on county-level crime rates, as reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in their annual Uniform Crime Reports (UCRs). Policy implications based on findings will be discussed.

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Work Title Analyzing the Impact of COVID-19 Jail Downsizing on County-level Crime Rates in Central PA
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  1. Jazzmine M. McCauley
  2. Mykala L. McGill
  3. Jenae L. McGill
  4. Riley P. Fegley
  5. Nathan E. Kruis
  6. Nicholas J. Rowland
  7. Alexander Kinney
  8. Kristin Newvine
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  1. Jail population size
  2. Downsizing
  3. Corrections
  4. COVID-19
  5. Crime rates
License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives)
Work Type Poster
Publication Date March 23, 2023
DOI doi:10.26207/kgge-5n14
Deposited April 24, 2023

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