As an update to my post on whether the prison population is too overwhelming for taxpayers it seems that many conservative states have already taken the move to shorten small-offense crimes, such a minor drugs charges and open up drug abuse programs in lieu of large, costly prison sentences. However, California is one of the first liberal leaning states to really pursue this in juveniles as well.
Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina are first to reform their prison system. This has come in congruence to Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama’s push to save costs by not imprisoning people found with small amounts of drugs. However, federal reform seems to take a bit longer on key issues. Regardless of this fact, it is great to see that states are beginning a needed and necessary reform.